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Wemberly Worried (Mouse Books)

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Wemberly worried about everything.

Big things.

Little things.

And things in between.

Then it was time for school to start.And Wemberly worried even more.

If you ever worry (or know someone who does), this is the book for you.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 25th 2000 by Greenwillow Books (first published January 1st 2000)
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Feb 18, 2010 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Okay, I love Kevin Henkes! He is a genius! I want to read all of his books!!! I can't wait to share them with my kids! I love how he looks at children's joys and hopes and fears with absolute RESPECT.

In this story, Wemberly (who is a GIRL mouse, I might add--from the cover and name, I expected a boy for some reason!) worries about big things (like something happening to her parents) and small things (like spilling juice), she worries about her bunny doll (and when she worries she rubs her dolls
Lisa Vegan
Feb 20, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anxious children; children about to start school or any new endeavor; all children
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
Well, my mother called me a worry wart when I was a child so this probably would have been a perfect book for me. I now know some kids who are likely to appreciate this book.

Cute, funny, true.

Wemberly is a girl mouse who worries about everything, and the things she worries about really are things that children worry about, small, big, and in-between things. And, Wemberly’s fears do lessen by the end of the book, but there’s not some sort of happily ever after ending, and I really appreciate that
Gennie Hendrick
I really like this story and I think this would be a great book to read to a child who is apprehensive about going to school for the first time, going to a new class/school, or if you have a worrier like Wemberly.
Sep 03, 2009 Bernadette rated it liked it
In this story, Wemberly, a young mouse, worries about everything! The author takes the readers through her list of worries – big ones and small ones. Wemberly worries constantly despite her grandmother telling her she worries too much. The source of her biggest worry is her first day of school. When she arrives however, her teacher introduces her to another student who also is carrying a doll and seems a bit shy. The two become instant friends and enjoy their first day of school together. As Wem ...more
Oct 05, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing
Wemberly Worried is one of my favorite children's books I've read in the past year. The story details the worries of an anxious young mouse. It culminates in her biggest worry yet -- her upcoming first day of school. This would be perfect for soothing the concerns of a student approaching their first day of school. I enjoyed the alliteration and literary motifs throughout the story. I especially liked the humor in the story, including Wemberly's carefree grandmother. Highly recommended!
Sabrina Henry
This was an interesting book about a little girl who is usually worriedsome. The author gently, yet in a fun way, explained the worriedsome characters of this little girl. The book outlines fears and anxieties that are usually experienced by children in new situations. I can relate to this book because even as an adult I still experience some of these fears and anxieties when I'm about to encounter any form of newness. Due to the fact that I am aware of this and also the impact this can have on ...more
NS-Christine Johnson
Oct 07, 2009 NS-Christine Johnson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Wemberly worries about everything! Her parents tell her not to worry. Her grandmother tells her not to worry, but Wemberly still worries. She worries about big things and small things and especially about her first day at school. What if the teacher is mean? What if she hates the snack? Read to find out how Wemberly's first day of school goes. Will Wemberly continue to worry?

This is an adorable book filled with colorful pictures of Wemberly the mouse. Children will be able to identify with some
Shamilah Gillani
Feb 17, 2013 Shamilah Gillani rated it it was amazing
"Wemberly Worried" is a great book about a little mouse who worries all the time. She worries about every possible thing there is to worry about, even when her parents tell her not to! So naturally, she is worried about her first day of school. Surprisingly, she finds friends who are worried as well! I like that the book gives the message that we may be different, but we are all also the same in one way or another. My students can learn that it's okay to be worried and scared, because chances ar ...more
Courtney Bird
Sep 28, 2015 Courtney Bird rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edrd
I feel that this is an excellent book for the classroom especially today. I think that it would help with kids today as anxiety rates are increasing in the United States.
Mar 21, 2015 Siomara rated it it was amazing
She worried so much, it worried me! I recommend this book it is great.
Alicia Rotter
Mar 01, 2015 Alicia Rotter rated it really liked it
Wemberly is nervous mouse who is going to her first day of preschool. There is a lot for Wmeberly to experience and she is a little worried about all sorts of different things. This book offers a great perspective of what it is like to deal with anxiety as a child. There is a lot of vicarious aspects that can really help children learn how to process through their emotions at a young age.

The images in the book are simple, but offer a lot to add to the story. There are many bright colors used su
Michal Olmstead
Feb 23, 2015 Michal Olmstead rated it really liked it
Wemberly is a female mouse. She worries about everything whether it be big, small, or in between. She has a bunny rabbit as a stuffed animal and whenever she gets worried she rubs its ears, then she worries that the ears will fall off. She is constantly worrying. Now her biggest worry is starting school. She has so much anxiety over the first day, but then when she actually gets to school she has fun and stops worrying as much. Wemberly never completely stops worrying, but her fears to lesson by ...more
Muhuawu wu
Dec 06, 2014 Muhuawu wu rated it liked it
The book Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes is a good book for the early developing reader or for story-telling to your young child with anxiety about school. The book focuses on a little mouse girl who, as the title states,
worries about everything. She worries about the jungle gym at the park, her rabbit doll, and many other everyday occurrences. Henkes uses very colorful and descriptive pictures so as to help out young readers make a correlation between the words and their meanings. Henkes also
Anna Summers
Wemberley Worried is about a little mouse, Wemberly, who worries about everything, especially starting school. After spending her first day at school, Wemberly realizes that school is fun. As the end of the day, Wemberly tells her classmates, “Not to worry, she would be back tomorrow”. The author, Kevin Henkes, really hit the nail on the head with this book. The theme of the book is worry; and worry is a universal theme that most everyone can relate to. This darling book is perfect to read aloud ...more
Mar 24, 2014 Laurie rated it liked it
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Mary-Kate Ganssle
Jun 09, 2014 Mary-Kate Ganssle rated it really liked it
Title: Wemberly Worried
Author: Kevin Henkes
Date of Publication: 2000
Genre: Fiction

Wemberly is a mouse who has always found herself worrying about everything. When she is faced with her first day of school, she is drowned with new list of worries. But ater getting there and meeting a new friend, she learns that school was nothing to worry about at all.

I thought this was a really sweet story that would be a great read-aloud for the younger grades. By providing examples of situat
Macy Capen
Wemberly Worried is a young children's book about a mouse named Wemberly. Wemberly is not like all other mice. Some mice are tall, some mice are short. Some mice have big ears, some mice have small ears. Some mice like to run around and play, some mice like to sit and eat. Some mice tire out quickly, some mice don't. Wemberly worries. She worries about what she will wear. She worries about what her friends will think of her. She worries about how she will act in front of her teacher. Wemberly ev ...more
Adrianna Wesley
Genre: Children's Picture Book/ fantasy (talking mice)
Age: 5+ years old
Summary: This book is about a girl mouse named Wemberly. Now Wemberly worried about everything and anything. Wemberly worries about big things like something bad happening to her parents to the smallest things like spilling her juice all over,is worries that id she rubs her bunny doll's ears too much they will fall off. But none of these worries come close to her fear of school. Her parents and her grandma tell her to not wor
Mar 16, 2015 RC rated it it was amazing
Wemberly Worried is the ideal book for anyone, adult or child, who has ever experienced the struggle of worry and anxiety. Wemberly worries about everything. Her parents tell her not to worry, everything will be okay. But Wemberly just goes on worrying. When the first day of school approaches, Wmeberly's worries increase to a fever pitch. Her biggest worry is that she won't fit in. However, when she gets there, she meets another mouse just like her. And Wemberly relaxes...a little bit.

This wonde
Melba Deoleo
Apr 01, 2014 Melba Deoleo rated it really liked it
Shelves: feelings
This books tells us the story of a little mouse called Wemberly who pretty much worried about everything, big or small, day or night, it simply did not matter. Her parents encouraged not to worry so much about things, but Wemberly simply couldn't help herself.Her biggest worry was caused by the upcoming first day of school, she had so many things going through her mind, "What if no one else has spots?" or "What if the teacher is mean?". Wemberly's day got a lot better when she made a friend in c ...more
Antoinette Evans
Apr 26, 2015 Antoinette Evans rated it really liked it
Kevin Henkes's Wemberley Worried is a cute story about a worrisome mouse Wemberley. After reading Wemberley Worried, the reader can really appreciate Henkes' ability to thematically tie in his illustrations and story. Young readers can relate to Wemberley and all of her worries that come along with being a kid and even more so, starting school. Older readers can appreciate the level of detail and care that Kevin Henkes put into Wemberley Worried. Ultimately Wemberley found comfort and reassuranc ...more
The Book Maven
Wemberly’s mother and father have a big worry: their little Wemberly worries about everything. No matter how much her parents and her grandmother urge her not to worry, to go with the flow, she still worries—and rubs at her stuffed rabbit’s ears, which she is worried she will rub away. But there’s a bigger worry coming up that eclipses all others: Wemberly’s first day of school is coming up! What will happen when she’s surrounded by dozens of other children who might not understand her worrying ...more
Aug 14, 2014 Marya rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
This was read to my child at a going into Kindergarten event, and all parents were given copies of the book to take home. Great. Whereas Kindergarten seemed like a great new adventure before we went to the event, when we left, it was a danger-filled swamp of terrors.

Wemberly is not only worried about Kindergarten, mind you. Wemberly has worried since the beginning; about terrible things coming to get you from the cracks in the wall, about getting sucked down the drain if you shrink in the batht
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Wemberly worries about everything. She worries that a branch will fall on her house, she worries about the cracks in the living room wall and the bolts on the playground swing. She even worries that she'll worry away her worry doll. So when she faces school for the first time, Wemberly has a whole new host of worries.

Classic Kevin Henkes, this book is full of hilarious touches like the cane wielding, rollerskate wearing grandma, and a
Alyssa Sherry
Dec 06, 2014 Alyssa Sherry rated it it was amazing
Wembery Worried is another one of Kevin Henkes' mouse books that is filled with bright pictures, a fun story line, and relatable characters. Wembery is an anxious little mouse that worries about absolutely everything. She is sweet and somewhat shy and has a very high strung personality. It ends with her first day of school, by which time she figures out how to stop worrying so much. As always, Henkes does an amazing job of making his main characters relatable and funny; capturing the attitude a ...more
Nov 30, 2014 Courtney rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book! Kevin Henkes as a way of putting real emotion into a book for the readers to feel. I feel like this book was based on me growing up. I definitely connected to this story because Wemberly reminded me of myself growing up. What I like about this book is that the thoughts Wemberly has are normal thoughts to have. Everyone worries, everyone gets nervous, and everyone is scared to try new things. I loved the illustrations and the facial expressions of the characters. I really liked ...more
Mar 29, 2014 Diana rated it it was amazing
This book is about a mouse named Wemberly who worries about big things, small things, and in between. She worries about her parents, her favorite doll, and the tree in the front yard! Her biggest worry is about her first day of school. “What if they make fun of my name?” “What if I can’t use the bathroom?” “What if I have to cry?” When she arrived at her school, she quickly made friends with another student that had a favorite doll as well. Wemberley stopped worrying so much after that! I would ...more
Karissa Olson
This is the story of a young mouse named Wemberly who worried about everything. Whether it was day or night and no matter how much her parents tried to comfort her, she was constantly worrying. When Wemberly had to start school that added to the things she worried about. It wasn’t until she met a girl named Jewel, who was just as shy as she was, that she learned her worries started to fade. This book is great for young reader from 1st or 2nd grade, because especially the beginning is simple sent ...more
Aug 14, 2014 Matthew rated it really liked it
Wemberly Worried is like Alvin Ho from Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things or Allie Finkle from Moving Day. She worries about everything, and it's really unwarranted worrying as she soon discovers. I like the book for a lot of reasons, but my favorite is the grandmother who comments on Wemberly's attitude in small captions throughout the book. She very amusing. A good book that I think most children could appreciate for its humor and underlying message that things are goi ...more
Mary Berelson
Jan 21, 2016 Mary Berelson rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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