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Wemberly Worried

by Kevin Henkes

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In this story, Wemberly worries about everything-from the morning til night-from the noise of the radiator to the crack in the living room...but, especially on her first day of school.
Eventually, she makes a new friend and finds many things she enjoys at school.
Age: 4-6 years
Source: TCC ELC (Early Learning Center) ( )
  cintaclara_luna | Aug 14, 2015 |
Wemberly is a mouse who worries about everything. Wemberly worries about big things, small things, and things in between. Wemberly worries in the morning, at night, and throughout the day. Wemberly was especially worried about her first day of school. Wemberly meets a new friend in school who is just as worried as she is, and she realizes that she shouldn't be worried at all! I think that some children could really relate to this story because the first day of school can be scary. I think it shows that it is ok to be worried, but everything will eventually work itself out. I really enjoy Kevin Henke's stories, especially the ones involving his mouse characters. An activity associated with this book could be having each student write down their biggest worry about the first day of school. ( )
  EmilyDrennan | Apr 27, 2015 |
Summary: Wemberly is like many other kids that worry a lot, and is not the only one that worries about things. Sometimes it is hard not to worry, but we do find things to take are mind off of the things that we worry about. Wemberly found a way to stop worrying about things when she met a friend in school that was just like her. She played with her friend till it was time to go home and forgot what she was worrying about and had a good time.

Personal reflection: the book was filled with so many different pictures and words. The book is very helpful in helping children that worry a lot. This book will help them understand that so many other children have all type of worries. There are ways to get your mind out of worrying so much.

Class Extension:
1.The book can be read to children to help them if they worry a lot.
2. Use the book to ask the children what they can do to not worry, at the same time giving them ideas on what they can do to keep their mind busy so they don’t worry so much.
  Santiago_M. | Mar 10, 2015 |
I liked this book for several reasons. I liked that the author uses repetition of the word “worry” in many forms. For example, the author used the words worried, worry, and worries. This helps the reader understand that one of the important events is “worrying”. I also liked that the author added thoughts written above some of the character’s heads. I think this adds small, but extra detail about what that certain character is thinking. Young children can easily relate to this story. Young children can relate to birthday parties, Halloween parades, starting school, making friends, and other events that happen in the book. This is important because the events encourages the reader to stay interested. I also liked that the author uses a mice with human characteristics as the characters in the story. The big idea of the story is to have confidence and that you will eventually find a friend that can relate to you. ( )
  ktran4 | Mar 9, 2015 |
This is an adorable book that made me giggle a number of times. Henkes does a wonderful job using repetition, illustration and believable characters to create a good time story. Henkes continually repeats “and she worried and she worried and she worried.” This easily and effectively symbolizes how much Wemberly worried throughout the story. Henkes also chose to expand upon his language through illustration. Whatever messages he did not convey through his writing, he included in his drawings. An example of this is when he would simply write, “and she worried,” without the illustration we would be lost as to what had Wemberly troubled. But, if we take a look at the illustration you could easily tell that school had her worried. Finally, he made the main character, Wemberly, extremely relatable since each and every one of us worries about something. This also leads into his main message that worrying fixes nothing. He even goes as far to say that sometimes going with the flow is the best solution to your troubles. ( )
  ShelbyBurton | Oct 13, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0688170277, Hardcover)

Wemberly the mouse worries about everything: big things, like whether her parents might disappear in the middle of the night; little things, like whether she'll spill grape juice on her toy rabbit, Petal; and things in between, like whether she might shrink in the bathtub. What she is more worried about than anything else, however, is her first day at the New Morning Nursery School: "What if no one else has spots? What if no one else wears stripes? What if no one else brings a doll? What if the teacher is mean? What if the room smells bad?" Happily, Miss Peachum introduces her to a kindred spirit right away. Jewel doesn't have spots, but she is wearing stripes and holding a doll. As Wemberly plays with her new friend, she still worries, but no more than usual. ("And sometimes even less.")

Kevin Henkes, well-loved creator of the award-winning Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, gets to the heart of a child's feelings like no one else can. Young worrywarts (and their parents) will see themselves in Wemberly, and be relieved that she, too, worries about playground equipment ("Too rusty. Too loose. Too high."), sure-to-be-inhabited cracks in the wall, whether she will be the only butterfly in the Halloween parade, and, of course, whether school will be dreadful in every way. Henkes's Lilly-style illustrations are sweet, expressive, and loaded with funny, inventive details that invite close perusal with every reading. (Wemberly's roller-blading grandma, for example, is wearing a T-shirt that says "Go with the flow.") We're not worried about whether this book will become a classic--it will! (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson

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A mouse named Wemberly, who worries about everything, finds that she has a whole list of things to worry about when she faces the first day of nursery school.

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