by Jessica Sinarski
Anger is one of those tricky emotions. It can often feel overwhelming and an angry child therefore often responds in ways that are not helpful to them and those around them. Learning how to cope with anger at a young age is something that is important and it will make life better for many years.
This book is addressed to kids who are invited to become magic backpack detectives; they will learn to “unpack” this emotion. Anger is seen as a bright red book in the bag while other emotions, like embarrassment and hurt, have their own colorful titles.
Hello, Anger addresses the function that this emotion serves. Importantly, the feelings that may lie beneath angry feelings are acknowledged talked about. The teacher in the story models this behavior for her students. Kids are also shown ways to channel their feelings in a productive manner.
This book could be most useful in opening up a discussion with a child. It is best read and talked about with a trusted adult. Note that a helpful section for adults is included at the end of the title.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the National Center for Youth Issues for this title. All opinions are my own.
Pub date: 01 Jun 2022