Monday 21 June 2021

The Worried Elephant

The Worried Elephant by Phillip Gwynne, illustrated by Penelope Pratley (Scholastic) PB RRP $15.99 ISBN 9781760974909

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

Little Elephant loves participating in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, but unfortunately things change when he hears bad news. He starts to worry. Elephant then becomes overwhelmed by his thoughts and stops doing the things he loves. When bad news comes from multiple sources, Elephant worries so much that he can no longer sleep. Fortunately, Elephant has a caring family and great friends who share some strategies to help manage his worry.

The Worried Elephant (Feelings: Book 3) is a picture book suitable for children aged 3 years and older and is particularly relevant in the current climate. The gorgeous illustrations are produced using a soft colour palette, helping to create a sense of calm. Discussion questions on the back page prompt interaction between the reader and its young audience and encourages little ones to talk about their feelings. Other titles in this series include: The Shy Zebra and The Lonely Penguin.

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