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Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
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Aug 14, 2011

it was amazing
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Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes is about a little mouse who worries about everything imaginable, both large (What if something happens to her parents?) and small (What if there are too many kids with her Hallowen costume?). Her parents and grandmother keep telling her not to worry. Wemberly's biggest worry is about starting school. Her clever teacher tells her to meet her to fellow classmate Jewel, and they bond immediately, encouraging and comforting each other as friends.

Henkes' litany of Wemberly worries is long: spilling juice, shrinking in the bathtub, having a tree hit her house, something coming out of the crack in the wall, having a snake in the radiator, having no one come to her patry, not having enough cake for her party, and about losing or hurting her doll Petal.

Henkes effectively lists Wemberly's many school worries in increasingly larger fonts: moving from worries like What if no one else has spots?, What if the Teacher is Mean?, What if if they make Fun of My Name?, and ending with What if I have to cry?

Henkes' illustrations are rendered using watercolor paints and black pen. They effectively portray the repeatedly worried Wemberly with humor and understanding. The five sets of illustrations when Jewel and Wemberly meet shows a wonderful progression of steps toward friendship.

Henkes nails the problem of worrying while making points about friendship. This would be a good choice as a read-aloud for the first day of kindergarten or story time. The detailed illustrations will delight those reading or listening one on one.

For grades K to third, worriers, mice, self confidence, worrying, feelings, fears, friends, school themes, and fans of Kevin Henkes.
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