Friday, November 12, 2004

Wemberly Worried

a picture book by Kevin Henkes
"Wemberly worried about everything. Big things, little things, and things in between."
Wemberly is a little mouse who constantly worries. She worries about shrinking in the bathtub. She worries about not having enough cake at her party. And, especially, she worries about her doll, Petal.

When Wemberly worries, she looks to Petal for comfort; she rubs Petal's ears.
"Wemberly worried that if she didn't stop worrying, Petal would have no ears left at all."
Poor Wemberly is told by her parents and grandmother:
"You worry too much."
"When you worry, I worry."
"Worry, worry, worry."
Then, a new worry comes her way - a very big worry... school. The big first day she has dreaded finally arrives, along with an almost endless list of new worries.

How does Wemberly handle her first day of school? Don't worry. Everything works out fine in the end.

Wemberly Worried is a perfect story for anyone who worries. The bright, colorful, detailed illustrations add to the fun of this terrific read-aloud.

When I was little, one of my favorite books was Owen, another excellent picture book by Kevin Henkes. I will always be a fan of this gifted author/illustrator's wonderful stories and artwork. My sister says, "Me, too!"

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