Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

In Wemberly Worried Henkes touches on an issue that most children's picture books don't cover, anaxity. Wemberly worried about everything. The only thing that kept her calm was rubbing her doll, Petal’s ears, and she even worried she would rub them off. Now Wemberly had something new to worry about, school. I think anaxity is an issue that we choose to ignore in the classroom in thinking that everyone gets a little nervous at one point. I think this books shows the feelings some children may have and chose not admit and then again he shows how the gift of friendship can make your worse fears go away. Unlike majority of Henkes' books humor was not the main focus, but I enjoyed it all the same. I think this would be a great day for an opener of school and exploring the different nervous thoughts the students may feel and then showing the even the worriest of worriers can get through it. Also this would be a great chance to connect one on one with a child and uncovering their biggest fears because weirdly enough you can learn alot about a person by knowing what thier afraid of or worried about.

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