Wilma Jean the Worry Machine

Wilma Jean the Worry Machine Grades Anxiety is a subjective sense of worry apprehension and or fear It is considered to be the number one health problem in America Although quite common anxiety disorders in children are of

  • Title: Wilma Jean the Worry Machine
  • Author: Julia Cook Anita DuFalla
  • ISBN: 9781937870010
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Paperback
  • Grades 2 5 Anxiety is a subjective sense of worry, apprehension, and or fear It is considered to be the number one health problem in America Although quite common, anxiety disorders in children are often misdiagnosed and overlooked Everyone feels fear, worry and apprehension from time to time, but when these feelings prevent a person from doing what he she wants and o Grades 2 5 Anxiety is a subjective sense of worry, apprehension, and or fear It is considered to be the number one health problem in America Although quite common, anxiety disorders in children are often misdiagnosed and overlooked Everyone feels fear, worry and apprehension from time to time, but when these feelings prevent a person from doing what he she wants and or needs to do, anxiety becomes a disability This fun and humorous book addresses the problem of anxiety in a way that relates to children of all ages It offers creative strategies for parents and teachers to use that can lessen the severity of anxiety The goal of the book is to give children the tools needed to feel in control of their anxiety For those worries that are not in anyones control i.e the weather, a worry hat is introduced A fun read for Wilmas of all ages Softcover, 32 pages.

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    1. Loved it! I think kids need information about their own mental health, provided in a kid friendly format.

    2. This would be good for use eith individual students or to provide for a parent to share with individual children.

    3. This is one of my favorite books to use for stress. It was perfect for my small group this year. Julia also has an activity book to go with this.

    4. Wilma Jean wakes up each school day worrying and pretending to be asleep. Her anxiety begins when she thinks about her upcoming spelling test. “What if I forget how to spell? What if everyone finishes before me?” She worries about every possible thing that could happen during the day. But her mom doesn’t fall for letting her stay home, “If you don’t stop worrying so much, you’re going to make yourself sick again.”  Everything went fine at school, but the minute she gets home she r [...]

    5. Wilma Jean the Worry Machine is a great picture book for elementary school kids. I actually enjoyed reading it myself. It is a rhyming book and younger kids love words that rhyme. The book is fiction but anxiety disorder is real. This book gives the readers and listeners something to think about when they are dealing with their own worries at home or at school. It is important to always let someone know when you have these problems so help can be provided right away. The plot was good. She worri [...]

    6. This book is different from the aforementioned picture books because this book focuses on the disability of anxiety. The story of Wilma provides a fun and entertaining story of a young girl with anxiety and teaches readers how to overcome these struggles. The character development in this picture book is simple yet important because it allows readers to engage and connect with the character. Further, this is done by clearly outlining Wilma’s traits and making the protagonist a child with child [...]

    7. Wilma Jean apparently has anxiety. She worries about everything; her hair, if her friend has an orthodontist appointment and won't be at recess, if she misses the bus, if buttered carrots will be served in the cafeteria and especially worries about what others think of her. Luckily, Wilma Jean's mother talks to her teacher and they make a plan of things Wilma Jean can control and things she can't. Her teacher makes accommodations for Wilma Jean's worries, such as not getting a math problem corre [...]

    8. This is a great book to show how a little girl worries about every small thing, which is why she's called "the Worry Machine." Everything scares her a lot, she seems to overthink & get worried. This is actually how I used to be before in my study days & a bit now also. Thank God, I have gained control over it & I no more stress on everything around me. (the book quite relate to my situation too) I love how they had shown a child's problems & how the mother & teacher came forw [...]

    9. Miss 3 and I like to explore different books at the library and try to get different ones out every week or so; it's fun for both of us to have the variety and to look at a mix of new & favourite authors.Miss 3 suffers from anxiety so I found this quite a useful picture book. I adapted some of the language a little around her feedback after the first reading and a couple of times she was able to talk about things she felt anxious about - like when the ambulance came in the night months ago, [...]

    10. I myself struggle with anxiety and I look forward to trying some of the activities listed to help reduce anxiety. Especially writing them all out and then putting them into the worries I can control and the worries I can't control because like Wilma I bet that majority of my worries can be controlled.

    11. Anxiety is such an issue right up their with depression. I like how it introduces anxiety gently and not just shoving it at people or writing off this girl for being "overly emotional." I respect this book a lot for how it invests the reader and helps them make connections in their own lives where they may have felt anxiety.

    12. Wilma Jean is a little girl who worries a lot much that it makes her sick. So many of her worries are unfounded, and her teacher offers her tools to help her cope. The illustrations are really good, and they capture what anxiety in a child could feel like.

    13. I read this with my daughter and it seemed to help her understand how she can try and cope with her anxiety. She definitely seemed in better spirits after we read it!

    14. I have found a new favorite children’s author! Julia Cook has managed to combine entertainment, colorful, fun illustrations, and addressing the issue of children’s worries in this wonderful book. The story will definitely keep and child’s attention.Wilma Jean is a “worry wart”. Her anxieties surround “what if’s” of many things in and out of her control. Sounds like a lot of adult worry doesn’t it?I thought it was so insightful how Ms. Cook dealt with Wilma Jean’s fears throug [...]

    15. Do you have a student who is always worried about something?Perhaps as a class, you notice that stress has been building about tests, or just the beginning of the school year.A great book to read to let students know it is OK to worry sometimes about somethings, but too much worry can be bad for you.Brainstorm ideas: What are somethings we worry about? Students can do this anonymously by writing their worries on post-it notes or index cards and then you can discuss it as a class. Are these worri [...]

    16. My second Julia Cook book of the day, and again it doesn't fail. As an elementary school counselor, I've noticed that many of my students struggle with anxiety. This book helps validate those feelings and helps them understand that the "what if's" are often what keep us from having a better day. I think that after reading this, many kids might have a better understanding of the role they play in controlling their own anxiety. I will be reading this with my small groups that focus on anxiety, and [...]

    17. 3.5 stars. This is a great book. Great for children who worry. Wilma Jean worries a lot at the beginning just like I worry, too. Well, I haven't grown out of my worrying but Wilma Jean did at the end of the book. Julia uses great ideas for the book and convinces me to stop worrying. Some illustrations are better than others: I didn't like the way Wilma Jean looked.Title: Wilma Jean the Worry MachineAuthor: Julia CookIllustrator: Anita Dufalla Best ratings: 2, 3, 4

    18. 4 1/2 - thought this would be a good read for my somewhat anxious child. She seemed to like it but I'm not sure how much she got out of it.

    19. I laughed and laughed as I read this story. Julia Cook is hilarious as always. She has taken the worry out of worrying and made us all laugh. Another hit with the kids.

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