Part of a bibliotherapy series geared to children and their parents, this book deals with anxiety issues and gives children the vocabulary and confidence to begin to identify what feels wrong and some tools to help control some of the problematic behaviors associated with anxiety. It is geared to an Orthodox reader but could be helpful for anyone who can use the information. It is narrated by a boy who has a friend who has an anxiety disorder which is escalating and causing problems in daily life. It may be helpful for children who suffer from some of these syndromes but it is also hoped that these children are receiving professional help through their schools and other sources. It will be helpful, though, for their friends and classmates who may not understand why these odd-seeming actions occur and it may help increase acceptance and decrease misunderstanding that could lead to unkindness and bullying. Back matter gives tips in chart form which may help control worrisome thoughts and behaviors and there is also a significant amount of background information for parents and other adults to deepen education and understanding.
Recommended for ages 8 – 12.
Michal Hoschander Malen is the editor of Jewish Book Council’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A former librarian, she has lectured on topics relating to literacy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.