Roberta’s Book Nook: Don’t Worry About Tomorrow

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Title: Don’t Worry About Tomorrowdont-worry-about-tomorrow

Author: Melody Carlson

Illustrator: Susan Reagan

ISBN: 0-8054-2386-9

(Hardback) $12.99 Cover Price

Summary: This book tells the story of a young girl who learns from the birds and flowers that her Heavenly Father loves her and provides for all her needs; thus, she does not need to worry.  Based on Matthew 6:25-32 of the Holy Bible, this book is one of a short series by the author entitled, “Just Like Jesus Said,” and explains Biblical concepts like forgiveness, doing good, and faith in terms and through characters that most children can relate to and understand.

Why I recommend this book: This book is beautifully illustrated, is written entirely in rhyming couplets, has a simple plot, and utilizes Biblical truth to address the all too common feelings of anxiety and worry that many children have.  In today’s world of war, poverty, divorce, economic struggles, violence, etc… a well written book that offers real assurance is invaluable.

This story can be used as a springboard for further conversation, study and prayer on the topics of faith and worry.

Suggested Age/Reading level: Ages 4-9 for various levels of Independent Reading, Younger aged children for Read Aloud or Shared Reading with a stronger reader such as a parent, older sibling, tutor, caregiver, classmate, etc…

Vocabulary:

Fret, lurk, anxious, dread, harm, refuse, frolicked, incredible, mirth, toil, content, drought, accept, strife

Pre-reading Activities:

  1. Make predictions based on the title.
  2. Ask your reader what he/she worries about.  Ask them what causes worrying.
  3. Make a list together or independently in a reading journal of their answers to questions #2.  (Make a note to yourself to remember to pray for these worries.)

During Reading Activities:

  1. Finger point read each word for younger/early readers, or readers who struggle with concept of word.
  2. Cover the lower portion of each text page with a piece of blank construction paper.  Place the top edge directly underneath the sentence you are reading.  Move the paper down as you make progress down the page.  This helps all readers keep their place, and prevents them from being overwhelmed with the amount of text on a page!
  3. Ask comprehension questions.
  4. Point to words that are high frequency in children’s literature, and ask your reader to tell you the word.
  5. In this book, several sentences and phrases are repeated throughout.  Have your child discover this throughout the book.  Do not let your child skim read these sections from memory.  This is a good place to determine whether or not they know these words or are just telling you the story from memory of previous pages.
  6. Be sure to point out the rhymes, if your reader does not notice on their own.

Post Reading Activities:

  1. Discuss the predictions for accuracy.
  2. Discuss, analyze each illustration.
  3. Have your reader tell or write an additional portion or episode of the plot.
  4. List the pairs of rhyming words.  Discuss what makes words rhyme (vowel sounds and final consonants).
  5. Have your reader add more rhyming words to each pair, thus having a spelling lesson!
  6. Discuss an additional Biblical principal that your child has expressed interest in or has had questions about.  Help your reader develop a modern day story to help explain the principal.
  7. Pray with your reader about their worries, and discuss ways they can feel more secure about these specific worries.
  8. Discuss the Idiom found on page 12, “going out on a limb” and think of others to talk about and use in illustrating an Idiom Dictionary.  (The internet is helpful here,)
  9. Use the vocabulary words in new sentences that help explain their meaning.
  10. Illustrate a Biblical principal using varied art media.  You may want to help your reader illustrate various parts of the story they have told you or written in #6.
  11. Discuss/investigate the definition of a poem.  This story is written in rhyming couplets.  Does this technically make it a poem?

Topics For Further Study:

  • Insects
  • Birds: chickadees
  • Flowering Plants/anatomy
  • How birds fly
  • Plant growth/requirements
  • Fruit development/anatomy
  • Idioms and their meanings

Call or stop by Black Bear Books in Boone to see if this title is available.

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About Sarah


Sarah Pinnix is a blogger, vlogger, new media marketing coach, and mom of three. Sarah began blogging in 2007 with Family Life & Faith blog Real Life Blog. She lives near Boone and works a social media specialist for a Non-Profit.