Jack’s Worry

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By Sam Zuppardi (Candlewick Press) Jack is preparing to perform in a class concert, and at first everything is fine. Then Jack’s Worry appears. It starts as a small creature that follows him around but gradually grows bigger, until Jack tells his mom he can’t perform in the concert—his Worry is just too big. Mom takes one look at Jack’s Worry (hard to miss, since it fills his room!) and understands. She doesn’t push but does a reality check, and Worry begins to shrink. The best part is that Jack learns how to make Worry shrink for himself. All children who need help taming Worry will identify with Jack’s story.