Synopsis: Ruby loves being Ruby! She is an enthusiastic, happy child who loves swinging, play and exploring. However, one day she discovers a Worry. A yellow, menacing creature that just won’t go away. Ruby tries to ignore it but it gets bigger and bigger. Will she ever be happy and carefree again?
Themes: Worries, anxiety, the importance of sharing and talking.
Why you should read it: This is a touching, insightful exploration of what it’s like to live with worry and anxiety. Tom Percival, through his clever use of colour, sympathetically touches upon how worry can drain all the life and meaning from you. There’s an important message too about talking and sharing with others that’s perfect for younger children.
Cross-curricular links: PSHE (worries, concerns, talking to others, sharing)
Perfect for: All age groups, but especially children aged 5-9. Book notes available on The Literacy Shed Plus website.
Published by: Bloomsbury
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