What Should I Do When I Feel Worried?


Children - Educational
50 Pages
Reviewed on 05/12/2021
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Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite

Teachers and parents will love What Should I Do When I Feel Worried? as an introduction to a discussion about feelings of worry and anxiety and how to handle them. Author Charlie Lumière wants children to recognize when they’re feeling worried and then how to change their reaction to anxiety. She then effectively demonstrates how children can deal with it. She provides children with tools to react in a more positive way when they are experiencing worry or anxiety. Parents and teachers can use this book as a launching pad to start a discussion that it’s okay to feel worried sometimes but remind them they have the power to make themselves feel better. The book provides readers with ideas to support worriers or anxious children.

“What should I do to feel calm again?” writes Charlie Lumière in What Should I Do When I Feel Worried? After outlining some methods children use to deal with worry, the writer shows us more positive methods of regaining control of their emotions. Charlie Lumière starts with some humorous methods of dealing with their feelings that will help to get a child’s attention, and then demonstrates other methods of calming their reactions. Illustrator Hilman Makhluf provides simple illustrations of a turtle experiencing various feelings of insecurity and how he could react to them. Each page of this easy-to-read book has a bright color and contains simple artwork or a highly readable font. I believe all school and public libraries will benefit from this book on their shelves and that parents will want to read it with their children.

Kristine Zimmerman

Social-emotional health is finally being recognized as an important component in a well-rounded curriculum. Charlie Lumiere’s book, What Should I Do When I Feel Worried? is an excellent introduction for young children on coping with worry and anxiety. It starts with a turtle who is feeling anxious and worried. The turtle demonstrates several different reactions that kids may use to try to control or hide from these feelings. A penguin appears and acknowledges that these feelings are normal but offers a way for the turtle to take control of them constructively. He shares that he has a worry rock that he uses. After he loads up the rock with all his concerns, he cleans his rock to wash the worries away.

What Should I Do When I Feel Worried? is an excellent resource for any parent or teacher to use with young children. It has become increasingly important to give kids tools and strategies that they can use to handle their emotions. Worry and anxiety can be crippling for kids and adults and Charlie Lumiere has written a very helpful and accessible story for even the youngest kids to understand. The clear, simple, colorful pictures by Hilman Makhluf complement the story nicely. I really appreciate the affirmation that it is okay to talk about your feelings and the insight that kids have the power to make themselves feel better. What Should I Do When I Feel Worried? supports social-emotional health and should be in every school and public library.

Mamta Madhavan

What Should I Do When I Feel Worried? by Charlie Lumiere is an engaging and positive book that will help children deal with their emotions, especially the unpleasant ones. The turtle in the story is feeling anxious and worried and does not know how to deal with them. He does not know whether to hide in his shell and not come out or bite all his nails or eat all the food in the kitchen. The turtle is wondering what he should do to feel calm again. The penguin comforts the turtle, saying everyone feels worried and anxious once in a while and it is okay to talk about it. Let's read the book to find out the best ways of letting go of worry and anxiety, and staying calm.

Reading this book by Charlie Lumiere will help children deal with unpleasant emotions and bad behavior in a good way. Hilman Makhluf gives clarity to the concept and makes the messages in the story palpable with colorful and bright illustrations. The conversation between the turtle and the penguin is priceless and will help young readers deal with their anxiety and worries calmly. The book will also encourage parents to have a good conversation with their kids in dealing with their emotions. What Should I Do When I Feel Worried? is also good for tutors to use in classrooms for read-aloud and storytelling sessions because of the uplifting messages. The concept of a 'Worry Rock' is innovative and can be introduced to children so that they can express their feelings and feel better and calmer.

Cheryl Schopen

What Should I Do When I Feel Worried? by Charlie Lumiere is about a turtle struggling with figuring out how to deal with feeling worried. He just wants to feel calm again, but he doesn’t know how. While internally debating about what he should or shouldn’t do, he begins to realize that it’s okay to feel the way he feels. With vividly colorful illustrations to match, each page presents possible solutions to improve this feeling of worry to teach children how to deal with their feelings.

As both a parent and an educator, I see every day how difficult it can be for children to express and handle their many emotions. Whether they are worried about a school assignment or something going on at home or a falling out with a friend, kids worry just as much as adults, except they may not understand what they are feeling. This book is such an incredible resource for parents and anyone working with children. Kids can see this turtle wanting to hide or biting its nails or pretending it’s okay, which are all very relatable responses. They will see how the turtle ultimately calms itself down and feels better. Personally, I absolutely love the advice given at the end of the book. I have not tried helping children in this way before, but I definitely will in the future. Charlie Lumiere’s What Should I Do When I Feel Worried? is a book that every child caretaker should have. I think this could be a fantastic part of a series of books about different emotions. This is definitely a must-read!

Lisa McCombs

In times of uncertainty children’s anxieties are at their highest. Combined with pre-existing worries of security, the unknown entities of the future, and mysterious reasons justifying unexplained worries, today’s youth are more prone than ever to suffer from feelings of doubt. Children and teens tend to self-medicate with binge eating, seclusion, self-harm, pretense, excessive dependency, or persistent depressive thoughts. In What Should I do When I Feel Worried? written by Charlie Lumière and illustrated by Hilman Makhluf, we see the enormity of these concerns in a more simplistic manner. It is so easy to disregard the depth of a young person’s insecurities. After all, what do they have to worry about? They’re fed, clothed, and sheltered. Or are they?

Author Charlie Lumiere encourages the reader to express hidden emotions while reassuring us that we are not alone in those feelings. He states that “when you hold onto your worry, it gets bigger and stronger. Then it is way harder to forget about it.” He suggests that in times of stress, it is helpful to adopt a “worry rock” as a confidante. Hold the rock against the belly button in order to transfer worries from the inner self to the rock and say aloud all things worrisome. As an additional exercise, Lumiere asks the young reader to brainstorm on other ways to expel worries. As the reader is urged to minimize the importance of worries, calm is allowed to soothe the otherwise tortured soul. What Should I do When I Feel Worried? is a wonderful addition to any library.