By Author / Illustrator
Pamela Butchart, Kate Hindley
Mental Health & Wellbeing
Nosy Crow Ltd
Paperback / softback
A quirky, touching fully illustrated picture book that will open up important conversations about worries and anxiety from Blue Peter prize winning author, Pamela Butchart. Jeremy is a worrier. He worries about odd socks, spotty bananas, evil squirrels, burnt toast, dinosaurs and, most of all . . . the wind! His friend Maggie isn't worried about anything - after all, what's the worst that could happen? But when Maggie decides to go outside and play in the wind, Jeremy must act fast to keep her out of danger, and he is soon to discover that a bit of courage leads to the most exciting adventures.
A funny and reassuring story from the bestselling author of Wigglesbottom Primary, and with charming and humorous artwork by Kate Hindley, illustrator of best-selling 'The Same But Different Too' and 'You Must Bring a Hat'.Every Nosy Crow paperback picture book comes with a free "Stories Aloud" audio recording. Just scan the QR code and listen along!
Like many children, Jeremy worries! Jeremy lives his life worrying about odd socks, evil squirrels, spotty bananas, but most of all, the wind. He does his best to avoid all types of potential danger. Until one day, he meets Maggie. Maggie doesn't worry. Maggie isn't scared of anything. And this worries Jeremy! He takes it upon himself to look after her and they become best friends. As hard as Jeremy tries to show Maggie how to worry and to stay safe, she just isn't interested and insists 'What's the worst that could happen?'
And then, that wind comes! The wind that Jeremy is most afraid of. Maggie runs outside. With no choice but to follow and save her, Jeremy is suddenly whisked straight into the air by a big gust of wind. With no text on the following pages, the illustrations tell the story and lead the reader into a sense of curiosity and imagination - How is he feeling? What will happen next? How will he cope with all the danger he is encountering?
All his fears are in the illustrations.. There's a narwhal, pirates and even a squirrel piloting a helicopter. As he lands home, the reader has a sense of anticipation.. How worried is Jeremy? 'IT WAS BRILLIANT!', he tells Maggie, and he wants to do it all again!
Jeremy Worried About the Wind is a great text to share with children and to support the development of an anxious or fearful child. It leads well into conversation on how a worry can prevent you having fun and taking part in activities. As a text, there are many other curricular areas that can be covered; ellipses, the use of capitals for expression, sentence types, effect of sentence length and using illustrations alone to tell a story.
Picture book / Ages 4+ / Reviewed by Maria Faithorn, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 5+