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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Wadee Waddles is looking for his friends. It is going to be sunset soon and Wadee Waddles wants to play more before the sun sets and it is his bedtime. He sees Fayola when he reaches the waterhole. They decide to find their friends, Binah, Abayomi, Ada, and the rest of their gang and run for a while through the grass. The sun has already gone down and it is dark so they decide to go back home. Wadee's mama is waiting for him with his baby sisters, Isabis and Bisa. Wadee loves his baby sisters and they all snuggle up to their mama and go to sleep. Wadee has been finding it difficult to sleep for a while and he tries to think of everything good and keep his mind positive. Wadee is continually worrying until Rashidi, the great African grey parrot, appears in front of him. What advice does she give Wadee? Does it help him? Will Wadee be able to sleep peacefully at night without worrying?
Wadee and the Worry Wakes by Dawn Doig is a wonderful story. Not only does it give a good message, but it also takes young readers into the African jungle and introduces them to the animals that live there in an entertaining way. Savannah Horton brings the story alive with her lively and colorful illustrations. The African savannah, the animals living there, the waterhole, sunset, and everything else associated with the savannah is palpable to readers through the bright illustrations. They also give clarity to the author's words and her message. Tutors and parents can use Wadee and this story to help children find peace within themselves. As the old African proverb says: ‘When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.’