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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (5 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406305766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406305760
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 0.4 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A perfect book for a child who worries. THE Book Magazine Just right as a soothing companion for any child at bedtime. The Independent Anthony Browne's meticulous pictures intrigue the eye and set the imagination spinning. Child Education PLUS

About the Author

Anthony Browne is one of the most popular and stylistically distinctive children's book artists, with a number of outstanding titles to his credit, including Gorilla (9780744594393), My Dad and Into the Forest (9781844285594). In 2000, he won the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award (for Illustration) for his services to children's literature. He lives in Kent.


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I borrowed this book from the library and had to renew it to give me time to purchase it for my two and a half year old daughter who absolutely adores it. She shows signs of being a little worrier and I initially hoped it would alleviate this tendancy. Hopefully it is working because she loves Billy and every night we read through his worries and how the worry dolls help him overcome them. She loves to point out each worry doll by name (and there are over 35 of them in the book) and she delights in the pictures and remembers verbatem the words of wisdom spoken by the members of Billy's family. My own mother (just like Billy's wise Grandma) has her own set of worry dolls and this adds to the enchantment for my daughter. I recommend it for every potential little worrier out there.
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Bought along with some worry dolls. Would of been a great story if it hadnt got all way to the end and then it says " billy starts to worry about the worry dolls" so he has to make more and more. If you have child who is a worrier not great to put more worries in there head. The story should of stopped at the worry dolls taking all his worries away!!!
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Storyline -
A young boy called Billy has many worries varying from hats to rain and giant birds. Eventually he tells his Grandma who appears to be the only one who can help; she gives Billy some worry dolls to tell all his worries to before he goes to sleep. Billy then became worried that his dolls had too many worries therefore he made worry dolls for his worry dolls and Billy worried no longer.

Themes: Bedtime rountines, sleeping.

Activity ideas:
- Children could draw their own worry dolls and then make their ideas real by using junk modeling.
- Children could research food from Guatemala by using ICT and books.
- Children could find a recipe containing foods from Guatemala, and make the item of food.
- Children could make flags of Guatemala to go on display.
- Children could make a list of their own worries and then they can try to work out what they can do to make those worries disappear.
- In circle time children could be encouraged to speak openly and ensure children have a support network for any worry, even if they seem 'silly'.
- Children could discuss their bedtime routine and the importance of having a routine/pattern before going to sleep to settle them.
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an excellent book to accompany worry dolls for young children to understand what they are for and how to use. Especially if given to a child that needs discreet reassurance that things do not have to keep whizzing round their heads and make them anxious, for those worries that are far from important to adults but life changing to young children and their world of learning and friendships. even if only read once it will allay many fears.
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I bought this for my 8 year old grandson. He had been waking in the night crying and frightened. He had even seen his GP a couple of times regarding it who was starting to tag him as a "disturbed child" which was utter rot!! There was obviously a lot of worries going around in his head that he was struggling to sort out. I had bought him a bag of worry people and in researching them found out about this book. The story explained the "use" of the worry people in such a child friendly way. He loved the story, it obviously clicked with him somehow and after just 3 nights of him privately telling his people his concerns and then tucking them under his pillow he has slept soundly. That was a couple of months ago and there hasn't been a problem since. He does say however that if he get worried or frightened of something again he knows how "to sort it out"

I have nothing negative to say
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We are a class of year 3 children. We would recommend this book because it is one of the best books that we have ever read. It is a funny book as Billy worries about all sorts of funny things. The illustrations are colourful and give extra information. It is great for all ages!
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As a class teacher of reception pupils this book is very useful for those pupils who do have anxieties. We also made worry dolls from lolly sticks and strips of fabric. I would highly recommend this book, as the worries of the little boy are in the main unusual, so even the worriers do not feel self-conscious of their own concerns.
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Really love this book and use it with 6 year olds just before they move to new class. We also all make worry dolls and the children love doing that. Some really like the idea of passing on their worries but others are already sceptical - even at 6!
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