Classroom set of four copies of Winston the Worried Whale!
This captivating storybook provides a fun way to approach the sensitive subject of worries with young children.
Winston is a blue whale and blue whales are the largest animals ever to have lived on earth. They are even bigger than dinosaurs! But Winston has a secret. Even though he is bigger than all the other sea creatures… he has worries.
In this imaginatively illustrated picture book loveable character Winston the Whale take young children on a journey through his worries, in turn helping them to think about how they can work through their own.
The story covers:
- How it feels to have a worry
- When to seek a supportive network
- The importance of friendship
- Ways to work through worries
Teachers will find this story-time resource perfect for capturing children's attention, as well as to stimulate valuable discussion on ways to manage worries.
FREE CD-Rom with each book.
Ages preschool to 8
A4, 24 pages
“This storybook has been designed to encourage pupils up to the age of 8, to talk about their anxieties. It is based upon the character of Winston the Blue whale, who although appearing to the world to be big and brave is actually worried about many things happening in his life. The story content is reinforced by attractive illustrations that promote discussion and help to raise issues that otherwise children might think only apply to them. A useful book for all Early Years and Primary settings and of particular value to mentors, counsellors and groups aimed at promoting emotional well-being.”
– Carol Smart, SNIP
“What a lovely way to read and support children. I love the illustrations that express Winston’s anxiety, showing children that how they look and feel are very different. Primary school years are tough, when children are learning not only the ABC’s but also about socialising, taking part in new activities and discovering what they are good at or not, as we can’t all be good at everything. This book helps to gently and supportively highlight these issues. I love it!”
– Debbie Bird, Parenting Editor
“I loved Winston the Worried Whale! It's beautifully written and illustrated, and would think be very comforting for an anxious child. A gentle and reassuring book.”
– Caroline Egar, Programme Director, Partnership for Children www.partnershipforchildren.org.uk
“The character, Winston, learns – through talking about his worries – how to get support and deal with them. In my experience this is a subject many children can relate to with changes that happen.”
– Dea Threader, Teaching Assistant, Wyvern School
“Very few storybooks deal directly with understanding emotions in a non-abstract way, which is why I think this book is particularly useful for autistic kids, like my son.”
– R. Dawe, Parent.
“This lovely, beautifully illustrated story allowed me to discuss with my daughter her worries about starting school and watch her go from worried to excited. It was great to address these issues naturally after reading the book!”
– Vicky Ritchen, Parent
“Not only a reassuring read for kids, 'Winston the Worried Whale' is going to have a whole heap of neurotic adults breathing easy again too. It's a comforting, captivating tale.”
– Sarah Henshaw, www.thebookbarge.com
“A great story for any little worriers in your Key Stage 1 class.”
– Laura Farnworth, Waterhall Primary School
“Winston the Worried Whale is a lovely story with a serious message: Everyone has worries and it can be very hard to put these feelings into words. I thought the story illustrated this problem very well, providing a solution and I can certainly see this book being popular with children visiting libraries.”
– Susan McKay, Early Years Librarian, Aberdeenshire Libraries