Wemberly Worried

Bibliographic Information: Henkes, Kevin. Wemberly Worried. New York: Greenwillow, 2000.

Brief Annotation: Wemberly worries about the big things and the small things. She worries about the tree in her yard and the crack in the living room wall. Wemberly’s biggest worry is going to school, but she brings her stuffed rabbit Petal with her. However, once Wemberly arrives she meets Jewel  and they become friends. Wemberly forgets to worry… some of the time.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: K-2

Students will enjoy this book if they have ever worried about something. They will be able to relate with Wemberly as she battles her fear of going to school.

Rating/Response: 4. I enjoyed Wemberly Worried because I find myself worrying about everything. My friends always express that I just need to relax and not worry about things. Wemberly was a character I was able to relate with, which made the reading more enjoyable.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What is something you worry about?

Reading Strategy: Making Connections

Rationale for Strategy: Every one worries about something and almost everyone has worried about the first day of school! Students will be able to connect with Wemberly as she experiences her first day of school and overcomes some of her fears.

Posted by: Kelsey Peterson


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