Author: Kevin Henkes
Illustrator: Kevin Henkes
Publisher: Green Willow Books © 2000
Grade Level: PreK-2
Book Review: Wemberly worries about everything and the beginning of school brings many additional worries. Once Wemberly makes a friend, that makes all the difference. Henkes creates characters that stimulate children's imagination and places them in familiar settings so that children can readily connect with them.
Systems Thinking Connections:
Habits: Wemberly is easy to relate to making this text a great catalyst to help children explore systems thinking Habits like mental models and multiple perspectives.
Tools: Starting the school year with behavior-over-time graphs is a great strategy for a number of reasons: It is a tool that students will be able to use throughout the school year to make their thinking visible. It is a great way for teachers to learn more about their students and their perceptions. The graphs can serve as a pre-assessment of students' understanding in a number of areas. And behavior-over-time graphs can help track learning, attentiveness, cooperation, kindness and other qualities that teachers are trying to build as the school year begins. The first grade teacher, whose work is shown here, got her students off to a great start by graphing the level of Wemberly's worry. The text uses very explicit language for describing more and less. Graphing is relevant way to help students share their feelings about the start of school and build strong retelling skills at the same time.