Virginia Ironside is an experienced agony aunt, so she's well qualified to tackle the kinds of anxieties affecting children.
At the centre of this story is Jenny, a normally happy girl who finds she's being followed everywhere by a huge blue bag full of worries. It's not until a kind woman helps Jenny sort out the problems that the bag and the worries start to disappear.
The Huge Bag of Worries is a sensitive and thoughtful book with a helpful message.
My son has severe and complex disabilities, one of which is a generalised anxiety disorder, so he struggles hugely with worrying. I was introduced to this book by a highly regarded child psychologist a few years ago when my son was having a difficult time. I noticed the difference in my son on the very first reading. He seemed to relate to the book and showed a sense of relief in the fact that lots of people do worry, and that by sharing those worries with someone we trust, we can reduce them. My son is now 13 years old, though around the 8-year-old mark on learning, and we have returned to this book recently as we face another hurdle in his life. He told me thanks for reading that to me Mum, it really helped calm me down and then proceeded to talk about how he felt about the new worry that was bothering him. Children think in far more simplistic terms than adults, and this book helps them face worries by simplifying them. I'd highly recommend this if you want to help your child.
Not impressed -
I ordered this book for my 6-year-old as she's getting to an age where she tends to worry more. I read the book before putting it away for Christmas and as a result ended up giving it to a charity shop as there is no way this book would help to ease a child's worries, if anything it would only serve to create new worries! The first worry mentioned in the book is about looking in the mirror and feeling fat! This is not something I want my daughter to even consider worrying about, especially at the tender age of 6!! Not a helpful book, in my opinion.