A touching and reassuring story about the jitters associated with first experiences -- and the satisfaction that comes with conquering your fears.
Jack loves playing the trumpet, and for weeks he's been looking forward to taking part in his first concert. But on the morning of the big day, Jack finds he has a Worry. And his Worry starts to grow. Even when Jack's mother calls him for a special breakfast, even when he hides under the bed or runs around the yard, his Worry follows him. Suddenly, when it's almost time to leave for the concert, Jack finds it's all too much. For anyone who's ever been afraid of failing at something new, this book offers just what's needed to shrink a Worry down to size.
Preschool-Grade 1. Performing in a first musical concert can be a nerve-wracking experience, as Zuppardi has artfully visualized. Jack’s undisclosed “worry” first appears as a smallish blue blob the morning of his trumpet concert. He tries to hide, but the growing worry jumps on his bed, haunts his chair at breakfast, and trails him outside. When it’s time to go to the performance, the blob has become a huge black cloud filling the room, and Jack shouts, “I don’t want to go!” as his tears splatter in a messy and convincing shower. His worry? That he will make a mistake. Mom comforts him with reassuring words: “It’s about having fun . . . and I will still love you.” Braver now, Jack can encourage his friends, who, surprisingly, had worries, too! In a sunny conclusion, the concert goes well for all—not a blob in sight. The acrylic-and-pencil illustrations truly transmit the amorphous nature of worrying, using convincing facial and body language, followed by huge happy smiles portraying a joyful resolution.