Is a Worry Worrying You?

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Pub Date Apr 15 2005 | Archive Date Feb 01 2024


Adults think of childhood as a carefree time, but the truth is that children worry, and worry a lot, especially in our highly pressurized era. This book addresses children's worries with humor and imagination, as hilarious scenarios teach kids the use of perspective and the art of creative problem-solving.

Adults think of childhood as a carefree time, but the truth is that children worry, and worry a lot, especially in our highly pressurized era. This book addresses children's worries with humor and...

Advance Praise

"Is a Worry Worrying You?...offers a lighthearted way for kids to confront, and then get past, their anxieties."- Teacher Magazine

"Mixingserious and silly examples, the authors define 'worries' and suggest some coping stategies. This doesn't stray all that far from everyday situations, and may provide some anxiety-ridden children with something to think about."- Kirkus Reviews

"Highly fun and thought-provoking, this worry-less book is a must for today's overstressed kids."- Copley News Service

"Whetherthe worries are big or small, real or silly, the central message of this book shines through: that things seem less worrisome when put into perspective, and a little creative thinking can solve most problems. TheWorry figure, lurking somewhere in every illustration, brings an element of humor that will entertain kids while providing them with lessons of coping that will last a lifetime."- Patty Aubrye, President, Chicken Soup for the Soul

"Is a Worry Worrying You?...offers a lighthearted way for kids to confront, and then get past, their anxieties."- Teacher Magazine

"Mixingserious and silly examples, the authors define 'worries'...

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I quite enjoyed this book and found its advice and tone perfect for the subject of anxiety and for the targeted age range. The illustrations are charming and children should enjoy searching for the Worry monster in the illustrations.


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I was simply charmed by this book. Children (and adults!) will learn that worrying can be needless especially when they can in fact do something about the problem. They are also assured that, many a time, some worries are as silly as worrying that you would meet a rhinoceros crossing the road and hitting you!

A great book for parents to read together with their children while talking over some of the anxieties that they might be facing.

The illustrations are adorable too, and features worry as a monster that can be driven away.

5 stars.

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If there was a point where. whimsical and therapeutic can meet up in one story . The book called,” Is a worry worrying you” is that book. For it being a children’s book , it’s just as insightful as if it was adult.

The writing just compliments the story at whole, Along with its whimsical illustration that just makes it filled with youth. its unique, pure funny, and downright pleasing to read..Especially , with the wonderful tips they give to help you to not worry anymore.

Would I ever read this again. Yes, especially if I’m ever feeling down . This would be such a great way to just laugh and not burden myself with anything at all.

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This children's picture book was so much more than I expected it to be. I am so glad that mental health is getting more and more represented and explained to kids because they deserve to know more and be educated on the topic.

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This was a well written ok about the feelings of worry. It gives great examples of what worry is and how to overcome it. I would recommend this book to anyone from "able to read" to adult.

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This was a cute little book to help kids with common fears. It gives humorous examples of how our fears can sometimes be unreasonable, but scary none the less. It also gives coping techniques but disguises them so that the child dosen't feel they are being taught, just entertained.

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As someone with an anxiety disorder that was not diagnosed until the age of 30 I really wanted this book to be a good message to children. Thankfully it is!
Is a Worry Worrying You starts off by discussing what a worry is, because let's face it kids don't really know. It's hard to understand how a 'thing' can be a 'thing' without being a 'thing' that you can touch. Ferida Wolff does a wonderful job of talking about how a worry can feel heavy and huge and make you sad; even though you cannot see it or might have trouble describing it.
We then move into what can a worry be. From elephants showing up uninvited to monsters under the bed to annoying relatives there is a wide gamut of worries described and in each instance the worry is resolved somehow. Most of the worries are really simple, but certainly something a child might be worrying about.
Towards the end it discusses how to get rid of a worry that can't be solved immediately. And this is where the real magic of this story is, as it talks about facing that worry head-on. Talking to someone about it, and seeing if the worry even makes sense! These are things that I feel would have been invaluable to child me. But as with all children's books the final page and written line are what everything is all about! I won't spoil it for you, except to say that it's perfect.

The illustrations in this book are a little bit darker and I really loved them. You can also play a game with your little one to find the monster on every page. He's there, lurking like a worry might, sometimes easy to see and other times harder to see. I would happily read this story to a small child night after night. I can even see gifting it to someone older or about to embark on a trip or new stage of life. It serves as a reminder that worries are only worries if you let them be worries. Because, after all, you can always sing the monster to sleep.

Please note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an honest and unbiased review.

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Is A Worry Worrying You?
By Ferida Wolff and Harriet May Savitz
I can’t even begin to say how much I like this book. I struggle with anxiety and depression and it all started back in my youth. The older I got the more I understood what I was feeling but it was so hard to put my “worries” into words as a child. This book not only defines and addresses different ways that worries enter our thoughts but gives creative advice on how to ease our worries away. I think the best part of reading this book is the validation that your feelings are real and can be helped. As an adult you can feel like you are going crazy when you have mental health problems but as a child, I imagine it is so much worse. Everyone else is living care free and you are stuck with overwhelming thoughts that is crushing you. I really enjoyed this perspective and imaginative book and would recommend it to others.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion which I share here.

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