Walter Was Worried

Laura Vaccaro Seeger’s expressive faces show a range of emotion from worry to delight while a storm rolls in.  Walter Was Worried is a unique picture book, capturing the feeling behind each reaction to the storm, giving children the vocabulary to describe their own emotions.  Each emotion word–upset, hopeful, ecstatic–has its own font, highlighting the key concept, which is then disassembled in the picture.  Children love finding the letters of each word in the characters’ features, and it gives new perspective to “fear was written all over his face” when the f is the crease in his eye, r is his eyebrow and e is his eye.

The text is simple enough for very young children and engagingly layered for older readers.  Alliteration and weather are additional topics to explore.

A nice companion read, Alphabeasties, also plays with typeface and mood.

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