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1. Author/Illustrator – Kevin Henkes

2. Title and date of publicationWemberly Worried Published: 2000

3. Genre – Contemporary Realistic Fiction

4. Format – Picture Book

5. Award – No awards listed

6. Summary of book – This book is about a little girl who worries about everything. She is even worried about the first day of school.

7. Strategies to use with the book
I would begin by reading the book. Along the way, I would ask questions about how Wemberly feels. She is always worried in the book, so I would bring in outside situations to incorporate different emotions. Oftentimes, my students get emotions confused, so this is a good book to read to talk about some of the emotions.

After I read the, we will match some pre-selected picture vocabulary words on the felt board (If I had a smartboard like the rest of my school, we would use that, but I do not.) For this story, I would use the different words from the book as well as different emotions even if they were not in the book. In order to do our vocabulary, we sing the “Surprise Bag” song and each child pulls out a vocabulary word. They then run it through the smart talk device, it reads the word to them and then they match it to the same picture on the felt board.

After completing the vocabulary, I would have the kids sing our song about feelings that we sing during circle time every day and we would move to centers where each center would be focused on a different emotion.