A charming story about a little bear who finds he is able to control his anxiety on a day trip with the help of his loving big sister. Sean Julian’s illustrations are truly stunning and radiate warmth and comfort, perfectly capturing the colours and mood of a summer day.
“Sharing worries always makes them feel smaller.”
Murray Bear’s big sister Milly knows that something is troubling him. Murray confides that he’s worried about playing near the waterfall (it’s so big and loud, and he might get washed away). Milly reassures and comforts her brother, telling him that she’ll be there to support him on their planned day trip. She shows him her worry box and explains how it helps stop worries spiral out of control (“when my worries are in the box they don’t stop me having fun”). She makes a box for Murray and they set off for their trip.
Murray feels nervous as they approach the waterfall, but with a big deep breath he is able to stand and admire it. The siblings meet their friend Alfie and his cousin Lara, who is a bold and brave little rabbit. Murray worries about climbing the oak tree with the others, but using the worry box gives him the confidence to have a go.
The friends get held up at the riverbank and the sun begins to set. Lara starts to panic – she’s frightened of the dark. Murray helps her by sharing his worry box and comforting her until they get home safely.