Why Worry?

Eric A Kimmel (Author) Aiko Ikegami (Illustrator)


Told through soft, gorgeous color illustrations, Why Worry is a gentle story of two friends swept into the unpredictable wilderness and how, despite feeling anxiety and worries, they find peace and calmness together.

Once upon a time there were two good friends, Cricket and Grasshopper.
Cricket always worried. Grasshopper never did.

Cricket and Grasshopper go on a high-flying, wild adventure and encounter a large crow, a hungry fish, powerful winds, and more. But while Grasshopper is having the time of her life, Cricket can't help but worry if they'll be safe, where they're going, and how they'll return home. Though the two have differing perspectives, Grasshopper and Cricket find support in each other through acceptance and patience. Originally published in 1979, Why Worry? is a soothing tale that teaches understanding and empathy of people who experience anxiety, and how to support and alleviate those worries.

Product Details

$16.99  $15.63
West Margin Press
Publish Date
May 07, 2019
8.2 X 0.4 X 10.1 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Eric A. Kimmel is an award-winning author and has written more than fifty books, including Hank and Gertie, I Want a Real Bike in Oregon, Runaway Tortilla, and Rattlestiltskin. He was a professor at the Indiana University at South Bend and Portland State University and an elementary school teacher in Manhattan before retiring from teaching in 1993 to become a full-time writer. He currently lives in Portland, OR.
Aiko Ikegami is a children's book author and illustrator. She has an Associate's degree in child education from Aoyama Gakuin Women's Junior College, a BS in psychology from Arizona State University, and a PhD in pharmacology from the University of Texas at Austin. She was a postdoc and research associate at UT until she decided to become an artist and make children's books. Aiko loves animals, drawing, painting, and colors. She currently lives in Ohio.


"This is an excellent book for all children and especially those experiencing anxiety and stress. It describes worry and anxiety and offers a resolution all in one. Children can easily relate to the characters and their feelings and it can be used to help children face and overcome their anxieties. It also teaches children how to pay attention to calming and reassuring voices from others and then integrate those messages into their own inner dialogues."--Klaybor & Klaybor Psychotherapy Services
"A pair of friendly insects experiences a series of worrisome events, but each has radically different reactions. . . Grasshopper shows a sensitive acknowledgement of Cricket's fears, when she wraps her arms around Cricket while he cries. . . The backmatter essay on 'Children and Worry' by two psychotherapists, intended for adult readers, explores why children (of an undefined age) may experience worry and offers a bulleted list of suggestions with sample dialogue."--Kirkus