"If only I had a crystal ball," said Willy to his mother when he was small,"my future I then would be able to see." His mother replied, "Well, that may be. But when searching for any treasure, the quest itself can bring you pleasure. So if something looks fun and worthwhile to you, just give it a try and see how you do." Throughout his journey William Wallingford Worm tries to emulate the lifestyles of insects and animals from different walks of life. After failing repeatedly, Willy becomes discouraged and gives up...until a chance encounter finally allows him to find his own niche in life.
William sat by a stream looking forward to lunch(his mother had packed some goodies to munch). As he was ready to take a bite, he became distracted by a remarkable sight. A beaver had made a dam with such care, that it easily withstood the weight of a bear. "That's what I'll do!" exclaimed Willy with glee, and he gathered some twigs from a tall willow tree.
...Just when his future was looking dim the words of his mother came back to him: "Don't linger on things that make you sad, all that will do is make you feel bad. It isn't silly nor is it sappy to dwell on things that make you happy; for whatever you give your attention to is likely to be what flows to you."
Jacquelyn was born and raised in California, residing alternately between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Willy the Worried Worm is her first book (an autobiography, according to her sister). She has written another story which her young daughter is anxious to see come to life as a full-color picture book.