Book Review, Picture Books

Jeremy Worried About the Wind by Pamela Butchart & illustrated by Kate Hindley

With a bright, eye-catching cover, Jeremy Worried About the Wind is just the kind of picture book children want to pick up and explore. Perfect for any child who has ever felt a little worried, this book reassuringly addresses those concerns through a funny, slightly silly story.

Jeremy is a worrier. He worries about everything from odd socks to spotty bananas to evil squirrels (love the evil squirrels!) His worries always seem so big and trying to stop bad things from happening cause even more problems. Sometimes, it takes a brave friend to show you that everything is going to be ok and that our imaginations are usually far worse than reality.

With the help of his friend, Maggie, Jeremy learns that facing up to worries can be brilliant. The sense of pride and accomplishment after doing something we’re afraid of (and living to tell the tale) is exhilarating. Readers will soon see that it’s normal to have worries but that facing them, being brave and taking chances is worth it.

Jeremy’s wordless adventure through his worries is fantastic! It gives young readers a chance to tell the story in their own words and pull out the elements that stand out to them. They can lose themselves in Jeremy’s courage and see his resilience shine through. The positive exclamations of “It was brilliant!” and “I want to do it again!” are something every child should experience and this book gives them a gentle push towards facing something they are worried about. In the words of Maggie, “What’s the worst that could happen?”

There is so much opportunity for discussions around safety, taking chances, being brave and resilience. This book will find a very happy home in EYFS and Key Stage One classrooms to support PSHE lessons and general reading for pleasure. It is such a fun book with a great message!

Thank you to Nosy Crow for this wonderful book!

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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