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Walter Was Worried

Walter Was Worried

By Laura Vaccaro Seeger, illustrated by the author

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Opposite the simple declarative sentence, "Walter was worried" is a portrait of a very worried Walter. But wait! The letters that spell out his feelings form his facial characteristics, as well as his expression. Gradually a simple story unfolds: the sky grows dark, the fog rolls in, lightning lights the sky, and thunder shakes the trees; Priscilla was puzzled, Shirley was shocked, Frederick was frightened... and eventually (when the sun came out) Henry was hopeful, and Elliot ecstatic.

This title has Common Core connections.

Praise for Walter Was Worried

“Innovative ... Opportunities for read-aloud interaction abound here.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Typesetters will be tickled and printers pleased by Seeger's emotive imagery.” —Publishers Weekly

“There is surprising depth in this wonderful collaboration of art and story.” —School Library Journal

“A smart, alphabet-based game.” —Best Book of 2005 Award, Child magazine

“With colorful illustrations, Seeger takes young readers on an educational journey through the imagination.” —Children's Literature


In the Press

Seeger, who played with letterforms in The Hidden Alphabet , gives new meaning to the word "typeface" here. In this diverting book, oversize adjectives de - Publishers Weekly

Read the Kirkus Review of WALTER WAS WORRIED . Moods can change as quickly as the weather, and this innovative concept book cleverly illustrates the range and volatility of both. - Kirkus Reviews

Reviews from Goodreads

By Laura Vaccaro Seeger, illustrated by the author

Laura Vaccaro Seeger has been called "the queen of the concept book by The Horn Book and is the winner of many awards including two Caldecott Honors, two Geisel Honors, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Her books include The First Egg, One Boy, Green, and the Dog and Bear series.

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