Whimsy's Heavy Things

Whimsy's Heavy Things

Book - 2013
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Whimsy's heavy things are weighing her down. She tries to sweep them under the rug, but she trips over them. She tries to put them in a tree, but they fall on her. She even tries to sail them out to sea, but they always come back. Eventually Whimsy decides to deal with the heavy things one at a time... and a surprising thing happens.
Publisher: Toronto : Tundra Books, c2013.
ISBN: 9781770494039
1770494030
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,colour illustrations ;,26 cm

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mmcbeth29
Aug 09, 2015

SUMMARY: "Whimsy's heavy things are weighing her down." She tries everything to get rid of the heavy things including hiding them under the carpet, putting them in a tree and throwing them in the sea. But the heavy things are still in her way. Then one day she realizes she could simply deal with one heavy thing at a time to make them smaller. This works beautifully and she learns to look at her heavy things in a completely new way.

ILLUSTRATIONS: I love love love Kraulis' illustrative style. These were done in oil. They are gorgeous, rich in detail and subtle in color. I could read this book many times just to look at the pictures. She includes several pictures with quirky humor to break up the seriousness.

REVIEW: This is a "heavy" book for kids in that it talks in a more abstract way about the things in life that weigh us down. But I think a parent or teacher can easily translate this for kids by talking about how difficult things in life make us feel and we how can deal with one thing at a time as Whimsy did. This book would be a wonderful springboard book for numerous conversations with kids about how to deal with the feelings that accompany difficulties and strategies for dealing with the tough stuff.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: AGES 4-8

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Aug 09, 2015

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for 4 years and over

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