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Wemberly Worried

by Kevin Henkes

Published by Greenwillow, 2000
32 pages
ISBN: 0-688-17027-7

Ages 3 - 7

Podcast featuring this book

Young Wemberly is a small mouse who worries about almost everything. "Wemberly worried about the tree in the front yard (What if it falls on our house?), and the crack in the living room wall (What if it gets bigger and something comes out of it?) and the noise the radiators made (What if there's a snake inside?)." Her parents (who can't help but worry about her) and her comically hip ("Go with the flow") grandmother do their best to reassure her, but worrying just seems to be in Wemberly's nature. Wemberly's newest worry is her biggest one yet: she's about to start preschool. This looming event generates a whole new long list of worries for Wemberly. But her astute teacher, Mrs. Peachum, knows just what to do, pairing Wemberly with the perfect classmate to make her first day of school a great success. Much of this book's gentle humor is in the illustrations, which extend the superbly paced narrative of a story that will leave children giggling at Wemberly's worries but never laughing at Wemberly herself. Indeed, children know there is nothing funny about fear, and Henkes is masterful at illuminating real childhood concerns with humor without ever making light of them. One or more of Wemberly's worries is sure to resonate with just about every young reader or listener. So while this is above all fine storytime entertainment, a little subtle reassurance is apt to be delivered along with the smiles. CCBC categories: Picture Books for Younger Children.(MS; August 28) 2000 Cooperative Children's Book Center

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