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Ruby finds a Worry
2019
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From the creator of Perfectly Norman comes a sensitive and reassuring story about what to do when a worry won't leave you alone.

Meet Ruby--a happy, curious, imaginative girl. But one day, she finds something unexpected: a Worry.

It's not such a big Worry, at first. But every day, it grows a little bigger . . . And a little bigger . . . Until eventually, the Worry is ENORMOUS and is all she can think about.

But when Ruby befriends a young boy, she discovers that everyone has worries, and not only that, there's a great way to get rid of them too . . .

This perceptive and poignant story is the perfect springboard for talking to children about emotional intelligence and sharing hidden anxieties.

The Big Bright Feelings picture books provide kid-friendly entry points into emotional intelligence topics--from being true to yourself, to worrying, to anger management, to making friends. These topics can be difficult to talk about. But these books act as sensitive and reassuring springboards for conversations about mental and emotional health, positive self-image, building self-confidence, and managing feelings.

Read all the books in the Big Bright Feelings series!
Perfectly Norman
Ruby Finds a Worry
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Feelings are frequently depicted as amorphous blobs in picture books, and here a scribbly yellow splotch embodies a young girl's worry. At the outset, Ruby, a cheerful Black girl in a polka-dot dress and hair drawn into two explosive poofs, is carefree and adventurous. But when she discovers a small worry one day, she becomes frustrated that it won't leave her alone. Ruby does her best to ignore it, but the more she bottles up her concerns, the bigger it gets. Eventually, she sees a sad boy with a blue worry of his own, and she asks him what is on his mind. As the two talk, their worries shrink, until finally they disappear completely. Percival focuses on the social-emotional health of children in this simplistic story, providing a window for discussions about fear and anxiety. He makes effective use of color, with Ruby, the boy, and their worries being the only glimpses of color in a gray world until they share their feelings. A useful resource in getting children to discuss their worries.--Tiffany Flowers Copyright 2010 Booklist
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