The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside is a unique and thought-provoking book, which addresses the worries young people may have and how it affects them, when they ‘carry’ them around all day.
This is a brilliant book for children who are suffering from an anxiety and don’t know whether there’s anything that could be done. Children can relate to this story and the main character Jenny and her worries, which are i.e.: she thinks she is getting fat, people are saying mean things about her behind her back and her best friend is moving away. It seems like there’s nobody who could help Jenny, even her best friend or Rufus – her dog and the bag is getting bigger and heavier.
In a humorous way the author shows how different worries can be and also how they can affect a young person’s life. Using a metaphor of a bag full of worries (colourful creatures) helps children to visualise something, which is emotional and intangible.
The message of the book is that it’s normal to have problems and the problems, may seem big. But only as big as you make it out to be, and that it is good to share them with others.
This book is a good resource for younger children, as a starter story to be able to discuss how we deal with worries or allowing children to express some of their worries.