Big bag of worries story

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The Huge Bag Of Worries (Big Books) by Virginia Ironside

This is a story about a girl named Jenny. Jenny has a dog named Loftus. Initially all is well in Jennys life and then things start to worry her. Loftus gets flees, Jenny starts getting bad marks in school, she thinks people are saying mean things about her behind her back, and her best friend is moving away. Her problems and worries build up. She tries talking to her brother about it but that doesnt help and she doesnt feel like she can talk to her mum and dad about it. Her dad has enough worries of his own. Jenny carries this bag of worries around with her and it makes her sad. It weighs her down and makes her late for school and she gets in trouble with her teacher. As the story continues she tries to see if her friend can help her with her bag of worries. Eventually an old lady who lives near her helps her to open up her bag of worries and deal with them e.g. she gets rid of some worries because they are belong to other people, and she explains that there are some worries that we all have.
I really like how the author creates an image of the childs worries as an actual physical bag of things that the child has to carry around with her. I think we can all relate to this idea but I think its a particularly effective way of getting children to visualise something which is emotional and intangible.

This is a story with an important message, nice illustrations and some humour. It is a booked that is best suited to KS1 and lower KS2 children and could be used as the basis for a circle time discussion on things that worry us and on our feelings. As a teacher you could ask the children questions about how Jenny feels during different parts of the story, and what would you do with the bag of worries? You could then introduce the children to the proverb, A problem shared is a problem halved and explain the importance of talking to someone when you are worried about something. This book has cross curricular links between religion, PSHE and literacy. A nice book which I would like to use in the classroom.
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Published 13.12.2018

"The Huge Bag of Worries" by Virginia Ironside - read by Usha Chudasama

The Huge Bag of Worries

The book follows the daily life of a young named Jenny who worries about absolutely everything, but because she does not know how to stop worrying a huge bag of worries appears at the end of her bed. This bag follows her around everywhere she goes, and no matter what she tries; the huge bag will not go away. Jenny cannot find anyone to talk to about it because she thinks that they will not understand and therefore she begins to think that this huge bag will never disappear. But then hope is found for Jenny when she confines in an old lady who opens up the bag and talks to her about each one. Jenny then realises that those worries do not seem that big after all, and that sharing them with someone else really helps. This book draws upon real life situations and presents problems that children might worry about, meaning that children can identify with those feelings, but also be encouraged to talk and share with others how they are feeling. The author poses questions to the reader as new problems appear which means that children can really engage with what they think should happen next, or what they would do if they were in that situation.

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