Jeremy Worried About the Wind

Jeremy Worried About the Wind

Jeremy Worried About the Wind
Pamela Butchart, illus Kate Hindley

Nosy Crow

ISBN 9781788007757

A quirky, touching fully illustrated picture book that will open up important conversations about worries and anxiety from Blue Peter prize winning author, Pamela Butchart. Jeremy is a worrier. He worries about odd socks, spotty bananas, evil squirrels, burnt toast, dinosaurs and, most of all . . . the wind! His friend Maggie isn't worried about anything - after all, what's the worst that could happen? But when Maggie decides to go outside and play in the wind, Jeremy must act fast to keep her out of danger, and he is soon to discover that a bit of courage leads to the most exciting adventures. A funny and reassuring story from the bestselling author of Wigglesbottom Primary, and with charming and humorous artwork by Kate Hindley, illustrator of best-selling 'The Same But Different Too' and 'You Must Bring a Hat'.Every Nosy Crow paperback picture book comes with a free "Stories Aloud" audio recording. Just scan the QR code and listen along!

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Jeremy Worried About the Wind3/5

Jeremy Worried About the Wind

Pamela Butchart, illus Kate Hindley

Review

Like many children, Jeremy is a worrier. He worries about getting his zip stuck on his coat, burning his toast, evil squirrels and even eating spotting bananas! Because of all of his worries, he stops doing lots of things he enjoys. Even though bananas are his favourite, he stops eating them altogether because the spotty ones worry him so much.

When Jeremy meets Maggie, he decides its his mission to protect her from any dangerous things including her undone shoelaces - they worry him a lot! Maggie is the opposite to Jeremy - she doesn't worry about anything! As their friendship develops, she keeps doing things that worry Jeremy but she brushes them off saying 'what's the worst that can happen?'.

Eventually, her attitude rubs off on Jeremy and he realises that if he spends less time worrying, great adventures can happen.

This is a useful story to open up a conversation with children about their worries and the effect that different worries can have on our lives. It shows that it's okay to worry about things but that we should try to avoid our worries stopping us from doing everyday activities and things that we enjoy.

Picture Book / Ages 4+ / Reviewed by Lucy Newton, Teacher

Reviewed by: Lucy Newton


Jeremy Worried About the Wind4/5

Jeremy Worried About the Wind

Pamela Butchart, illus Kate Hindley

Review

Like many children, Jeremy worries! Jeremy lives his life worrying about odd socks, evil squirrels, spotty bananas, but most of all, the wind. He does his best to avoid all types of potential danger. Until one day, he meets Maggie. Maggie doesn't worry. Maggie isn't scared of anything. And this worries Jeremy! He takes it upon himself to look after her and they become best friends. As hard as Jeremy tries to show Maggie how to worry and to stay safe, she just isn't interested and insists 'What's the worst that could happen?'

And then, that wind comes! The wind that Jeremy is most afraid of. Maggie runs outside. With no choice but to follow and save her, Jeremy is suddenly whisked straight into the air by a big gust of wind. With no text on the following pages, the illustrations tell the story and lead the reader into a sense of curiosity and imagination - How is he feeling? What will happen next? How will he cope with all the danger he is encountering?

All his fears are in the illustrations.. There's a narwhal, pirates and even a squirrel piloting a helicopter. As he lands home, the reader has a sense of anticipation.. How worried is Jeremy? 'IT WAS BRILLIANT!', he tells Maggie, and he wants to do it all again!

A great text to share with children and to support the development of an anxious or fearful child. It leads well into conversation on how a worry can prevent you having fun and taking part in activities. As a text, there are many other curricular areas that can be covered; ellipses, the use of capitals for expression, sentence types, effect of sentence length and using illustrations alone to tell a story.

Picture book / Ages 4+ / Reviewed by Maria Faithorn, teacher

Reviewed by: Maria Faithorn