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“Anxious readers will recognize themselves in Isla’s struggle and perhaps learn a new way of approaching their fears. . . Sure to help kids conquer first-day-of-school fears.”
– Kirkus Reviews 

The Worry Balloon

Written by Monica Mancillas
Illustrated by Betty C. Tang
Published by Roaring Brook Press

On the first day of school, Isla’s mind plays the what if game. Scary thoughts come, the world goes dark, and everything feels stormy. With Mami at her side, Isla takes a deep breath and blows her worries away in a big balloon. But as school gets closer, Isla’s worries come back like a tornado. Mami encourages her to imagine something happy, and Isla remembers there’s nothing she can’t handle.

The storm might come again, but for now, her mind is quiet.

Primary ISBN: 9781250852939
Publication Date: July 2023
Available As: Hardback, eBook
Picture Book, Age 04 or older

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