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WALTER WAS WORRIED by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

WALTER WAS WORRIED

By Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 1-59643-068-0
Publisher: Neal Porter/Roaring Brook

Moods can change as quickly as the weather, and this innovative concept book cleverly illustrates the range and volatility of both. Walter, for example, was worried when the sky grew dark. The first spread reveals a full-page painting of Walter’s concerned-looking face, where his very features are composed of letters that spell “worried”; the red D is his mouth, the green “o” and “e” are his eyes, etc. The next spread shows what worries Walter: a dramatic, charcoal-colored sky, contrasted by a red kite. In the second sequence, “Priscilla was puzzled when . . . ” (note alliteration and turn the page) “the fog rolled in.” In a lovely, muted painting, fog drifts through a forest, softening colors, including that of the reappearing red kite. By the end, the storm has passed, and the whole crew of eight traipses about under sunny skies with the red kite. Opportunities for read-aloud interaction abound here; children may enjoy spelling out the face-words or discussing how they feel in different climatic scenarios, from puzzling fog to shocking lightning to frightening thunder. (Picture book. 3-7)