Maia & the Worry Bug, Wishes and Worries by Sarina Dickson and Julie Burgess-manning, Illus. Jenny Cooper
Both these books form part of an anxiety management resource for the home and for the school. They were conceived because children and adults were getting stressed and anxious by the Canterbury Earthquakes.
Of course the books have wider application than that as everybody has worries that can be dealt with in the ways described by these two books.
Much has been written and discussed about worrying and anxiety, as lately as the Rugby World Cup when Steve Hansen described Worry as a wasted emotion. So it is but it doesn’t stop people worrying.
The facts are that worrying causes children and adults to perform and function below what they are capable of. My mother always said Que Sera Sera what ever will be will be and others have said you can’t worry about things out of your control.
In Maia and The Worry Bug , worry is personified as a bug that can be removed like any other bug and in Wishes and Worries, worries are seen as something you recognise and put in a place where they can be changed for the positive.
Two books well worth having with good advice and a programe and suggestions of how to manage worries in the home and school.
Jenny Coopers illustrations in both books are perceptive and relevant. The facial expressions of the characters say it all.
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