Violet Shrink written by Christine Baldacchino and illustrated by Carmen Mok tells the story of a young girl, Violet, with anxiety when attending large gatherings. Violet experiences sweaty palms and stomach aches when asked to attend a party. Her father continues to take her to gatherings, until she explains how difficult it is for her. In the end, Violet and her father work out a compromise and Violet is able to attend parties on her own terms.

After sharing Violet Shrink with your child, you can share this quick and easy worry doll craft.

Worry Dolls


  • Craft sticks
  • Yarn (various colors)
  • Black marker
  • Glue (optional)


  1. Wrap yarn (any color) around one end of the craft stick. Cover about 1″ of the craft stick with yarn. You can tie or glue the tail to secure the yarn when you are finished.
  2. Leaving a 1″ space, start wrapping yarn around the remainder of the craft stick. Continue to wrap until you feel there is enough yarn covering the craft stick. When finished tie or glue the tail to keep the yarn from unraveling.
  3. Lastly, use the black marker to put eye and a mouth on your worry doll (as shown in the picture).

Worry dolls, also called Trouble dolls can be a comfort to children in troubling times. Worry dolls are meant to easy anxiety and worry by always being their to listen. Your child can voice their worries to the dolls after they are crafted.