Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Ruby's Worry by Tom Percival {Mental Wellness}

Ruby's Worry by Tom Percival is a great companion to Jack's Worry.  Ruby loves to swing and explore.  Ruby is happy child and one day she discovers a worry.  The worry was very small.  She went on with her day until she realized the worry wasn't leaving her and it continued to grow.  

She was very surprised to discover no one else at school could see her worry.  Her worry thoughts were ruminating.  I love the comparisons Tom Percival makes for how big Ruby's worry is - "It filled up half of the school bus."  

As the story progresses the worry which is represented by the color yellow grows bigger and the background of the story grows darker.  Luckily, Ruby finds a boy in the park and notices he has a worry too!  You can just sense her worry thoughts slowing down.  Her new friend shares his thinking with Ruby and she then opens up to him sharing her own thoughts.

Together they support each other and the worries go away.

My bibliotherapy moment - 

“As the words tumbled out, Ruby’s Worry began to shrink until it was barely there at all.”

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