Gail Silver, Author
Christiane Kromer, Illustrator
Plum Blossom Books, Fiction 2009
Suitable for Ages: 4-7
Themes: Handling Anger, Grandfathers, Mindfulness
Opening: Anh was in the living room building a tower, the tallest tower he’d ever built. His grandfather was in the kitchen making dinner. “Anh” Grandfather called out. “Dinner is ready.”
Synopsis: Anh is building a block tower when his grandfather calls him for dinner. He wants to keep playing — just one more block. Anh erupts into anger and knocks down his tower. When he says hurtful things, his grandfather tells Anh to go to his room and sit with his anger. In his bedroom, Anh meets his anger in the form of a hairy, red creature. They talk, howl, spin in circles and beat the ground with their hands. Anh is so exhausted he’s ready sit and be still with his anger.
Why I like this book: Gail Silver has written an enchanting book for both children, parents and teachers. It is based on the teachings about mindfulness and Buddhism by Thich Nhat Hanh. It encourages parents to stay calm and caring when their child has a melt down. It helps children find ways of handling their own anger in a safe place. This is an excellent book to teach children coping skills that they can use throughout their lives. Christiane’s beautiful and lively Asian illustrations are mixed-media artwork that include paper and silk collages with realistic brush and pencil drawings. You can visit Gail Silver and Christiane Kromer at their websites.
Resources: Encourage children to draw pictures about what their anger looks like. Then ask them to draw a picture of what their anger look like when they calm down?
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