Wherever Jenny goes, her worries follow her - in a big blue bag. They are there when she goes swimming, when she is watching TV, and even when she is in the lavatory. Jenny decides they will have to go. But who can help her? BIG BOOKS encourage shared reading and collaborative learning. Allow teachers and parents to encourage discussion and they are ideal for class and group work.
Author: Virginia Ironside | ISBN: 9780340903179 | For ages 3 to 8
Virginia Ironside is best known as one of Britain's leading agony aunts. She started on WOMAN magazine before moving to THE SUNDAY MIRROR and TODAY newspapers. She now writes a weekly column for THE INDEPENDENT. She also appears regularly on radio and television on such programmes as Radio 4's 'Woman's Hour'. Her many books include self-help titles on subjects such as bereavement, as well as the children's spooky adventure series BURLAP HALL.A childhood passion for books, radio and cinema set Frank Rodgers on the road to being a writer and artist. Today, he is the author/illustrator of almost fifty books for children, covering a wide age range from picture books through books for older readers to a novel for teenagers.
Our book review
Many of us have times that we worry about something, some more than others. Children do too. They are mini versions of us, but their worries aren't any less important. For some children, they can become overwhelming.
The Huge Bag of Worries is about a little girl called Jenny who carries her worries around with her. She worries about things like putting on weight, that her dog has fleas, the kids at school, her Mum and Dad arguing or even about war.
The picture book illustrates very well how this "bag of worries" goes with her everywhere. It's always with her, whether she's at school, swimming, or in the toilet!
She tries various methods to get rid of the "bag of worries" and it ends up shadowing her. She tries talking to her brother about it, who is not very understanding as he doesn't have any worries. She becomes anxious about asking anyone else for help.
Help finally arrives in the form of her next door neighbour when Jenny finally can't cope anymore. The kindly lady who unpacks her "bag of worries" and sorts them into categories. She deals with each set of worries.
This is a great picture book with bright, colourful illustrations that children will relate to. Some pictures take up a whole page, and others are like a cartoon strip. Choose this picture book if you would like a story to help your child who is anxious or worrying about day-to-day things, or bigger things. We think this picture book is good as it details the specific worries, how Jenny tries to get rid of her worries, how she asks for help, and then stops asking for help. Then help arrives, and the book shows how the worries are dealt with.
For ages 3 to 8.