Juliet already has to deal with her obnoxious little sister, her squabbling parents, and her eccentric Nana when her two friends, Lindsay and Gemma, begin to compete to see which one is Juliet's best friend. Narrator Kate Hood's performance is bright and warm, and each character in this story is given a rich, distinct voice perfectly attuned to their personality. As anxious Juliet discovers an old painting of a special tree behind the wallpaper in her bedroom and discovers how the Worry Tree can help her deal with her problems, Hood loosens the kinks in her voice, adding a sense of relief and joy. This story is a wonderful reminder that even ordinary objects can have magical effects.
Just because something's not magic doesn't mean it can't be magical...
Juliet's a worrywart, and no wonder! Her little sister, Oaf, follows her around taking notes and singing 'The Irritating Song' all day long. Her parents are always arguing about Dad's junk. Nana's so tired of craft lessons that she starts barbecuing things in the middle of the night. And Juliet's friends, Lindsay and Gemma, are competing to see which of them is Juliet's best friend. Juliet can't fit in any more worries!
But then she makes a remarkable discovery. Behind the wallpaper in her new bedroom, Juliet uncovers an old painting of a very special tree. Nana remembers it well. It's the Worry Tree, and with the help of a duck called Delia and the other Worry Tree animals, Juliet just might be able to solve some of life's big problems.
©2008 Marianne Musgrove; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing
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