Monday, March 12, 2012

Magic Monday - Why Worry, Enjoy the Music

I read a wonderful list of children's books for 2011 on BrainPickings, one of my favorite sites to visit online. You can view the list in its entirety here.

Is A Worry Worrying You? by Ferida Wolff and Harriet May Savitz– this book is for all ages. Why? -well, a worry worries everyone, no matter how old or young they are. This book, with its quirky illustrations and its rhyming verses – is funny and silly enough to appeal to young kids while at the same time addressing the broad range of issues that can worry them and helping them to conquer their worries.  What is a worry after all? Just an uninvited guest, the book says, and it will stay only as long as you let it.  The book lets you know that a worry (any worry, in fact) is not something to be worried about – you can get rid of this uninvited guest in many ways - you can confront it, ignore it, occupy yourself with something else (play with friends for example) and more.
From the book:
"Suppose, just suppose, one hundred elephants come to tea and you discover you don't have any tea bags.
Uh, oh. What will you do with a herd of thirsty elephants?
Now that's a worry!
But you can get rid of that worry by offering the elephants lemonade instead."
Rating: B+ (A great read aloud for kids while parents can point out the  more subtle meanings of the verses sometimes but also fun for kids to read by themselves and is a wonderful resource to help kids with their worries)
Reading Level:All ages
Disclaimer:Thank you to NetGalley for sending me a digital review copy. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist. They are my personal opinions formed when I read this book.

The Little Guitar:  ‘The little guitar’ is a sweet story that shows the beauty and the gentle yet wonderful power of music and friendship subtly. The story follows the journey of the guitar as it is lovingly made by a guitar craftsman and enjoyed by young students who visit the shop. Soon the guitar begins her next stage of life when she is bought for a little boy who wants to learn to play the guitar. As he works, she works too – to make wonderful music. But the boy gives up and the guitar is neglected and forgotten. Just as she worries her life is at an end, an old man rescues her and gives her new life, in the process, he finds himself get a whole new life too.
The book is perfect for teaching kids the values of friendship, never giving up, of the beauty of music and of inner beauty.

Rating: B
Reading Level: 6 to 9 years
I received a complimentary copy of The Little Guitar as a member of the Dorrance Publishing Book Review Team.  Visit  to learn how you can become a member of the Book Review Team.

Both books go towards the  Read-to-Me Picture Book Challenge
Is a Worry.. goes towards my Non-fiction picture books challenge 2012 as well.

What are you reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey. It is a time when we share what we've read, currently reading, or what is up next on our reading list.
Completed reading:
Books reviewed here today
Currently reading:
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
The Lilac House by Anita Nair (digital ARC)
Feast of Roses by Indu Sundaresan
Next to read:
Lots to pick from…

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