Wemberly Worried

Wemberly worries so much, she can barely get through the day, and as school starts, the anxieties blossom.  When Wemberly finds a friend, she ends up being so busy that worry is pushed out of the way.

Kevin Henkes has a way with illustrating expressive mice, and the ancillary characters shine with dialogue and perceptive insights (Grandma sports a t-shirt touting GO WITH THE FLOW).  Most of all, Wemberly Worried resonates with children, while their adults don’t mind reading and re-reading it.

Talk about feelings with young children. Make a list of worries (or list Wemberly’s worries).  Talk about the worries without belittling them.  For example, Wemberly thinks there might be a snake inside her radiator.  Why does she think this?  Is the radiator making a hissing sound?  What are the likely causes of the sound?  Use these tips to guide your discussion.



About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at wendybooydegraaff.com or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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4 Responses to Wemberly Worried

  1. Mimi Cross says:

    Great post!
    I love everything by Kevin Henkes 🙂

  2. rkiladitis says:

    I enjoy your posts, especially your suggestions on how to use these books when working with children. Great post! Love Kevin Henkes.

  3. ladykatie32 says:

    I love this book! When I was a school librarian, I loved to use his books as a jumping-off point for some great discussions–his portrayal of the fears of children is so realistic!

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