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Author: Henkes, Kevin
A mouse named Wemberly, who worries about everything, finds that she has a whole list of things to worry about when she faces the first day of nursery school.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.70
Points: .5 Quiz: 43634
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 2.10
Points: 2.0 Quiz: 22107
Common Core Standards
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Craft & Structure
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 2 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
Kirkus Reviews (-) (07/15)
School Library Journal (+) (08/00)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (09/00)
The Hornbook (09/00)
Full Text Reviews:
Bulletin for the Center... - 09/01/2000 Wemberly is the opposite of Henkes’ self-confident Lilly (Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, BCCB 10/96), instead being a worrier par excellence. Her family can’t seem to dissuade her from this tendency (her mother tries to modify her concern, her father points out that she just makes him worry, and her “go with the flow” grandmother tries to show her a better way), and even the comfort of her stuffed bunny, Petal, can’t get her mind off the worry track. Needless to say, the start of school looms dreadfully; once there, however, Wemberly is introduced to another worrier, Jewel, and bonds with the kindred timid spirit. As usual, Henkes’ depictions are tenderly authentic yet funny: Wemberly’s ability to make any situation into a concern and to shift her worries as the situation demands (she first worries that she’ll be only one of many butterflies in the Halloween parade, then worries because she’s the only one) is all too true, as is her mounting specific and general panic about school (“What if the teacher is mean? What if the room smells bad? What if they make fun of my name?”), captured in increasingly large type. Henkes’ mice are the classic animal kids; slightly calico Wemberly (“What if no one else has spots?”) is permanently indented with worry lines that send imitative ripples across her parents’ faces, but those perky pink ears and slender expressive tail suit her eventually brightened aspect. Youngsters will relate to Wemberly’s collywobbles, and they’ll also appreciate the realistically restrained victory: “Wemberly worried. But no more than usual. And sometimes even less.” - Copyright 2000 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
Booklist - 08/01/2000 Wemberly, a little mouse girl, worries about big things, little things, and everything in between. If the radiator makes a noise, Wemberly wonders if there's a snake inside it. On Halloween, Wemberly, dressed as a butterfly, worries that there will be too many butterflies in the parade. When she's the only one, she worries about that, too. Henkes' catalogue of Wemberly's worries goes on a little too long, but on the plus side, each woe is an opportunity for Henkes' special pictures, which are played for both amusement and recognition, with each detail enhancing the total concept. Equal attention is paid to the expressions on Wemberly's face. Who knew there were so many nuances of worried? There's concern as Wemberly's stuffed animal, Petal, goes around in the washer; despair when Petal goes missing; and contained terror as the first day of school approaches. Happily, Wemberly meets a new friend named Jewel at school (and Petal meets Jewel's stuffed cat, Niblet), and suddenly the world doesn't seem quite so scary anymore. In many ways, Wemberly is the flip side of Henkes' sassy Lilly. As much as little ones love Lilly, the fraidy cats of the world will see themselves in this winsome worrywart. (Reviewed August 2000) - Copyright 2000 Booklist.