When I Feel Angry: A Book on Anger Management for Kids {Review}

We started our Reading corner recently and I am so happy to see such a wonderful response from all the readers. I am also excited that many of you want to contribute to this section with reviews and recommendations on books for kids. I am really pleased to announce the first guest post in this section is by Fabida, a reader and a blogger par excellence.

She is reviewing a book called “When I feel angry” which gives anger management tips to young kids. In our parenting journey, at some point, we all have to deal with an angry child and this book will help our children to understand the emotion of anger and deal with it. I loved the wonderful review by Fabida and I am sure you will love it too. Over to Fab!!

Book Review: When I Feel Angry

A huge thanks to Swapna for giving me an opportunity to guest post on her beautiful blog!! I love that she has started a ‘Reading Corner’ and I’m delighted to be contributing a post for it!!

Anger is an emotion that affects everyone, across continents, male and female, young and old, making it pretty much a universal feeling.

But like Cornelia Maude Spelman shows us in her book ‘When I Feel Angry’, it is how we respond to that emotion that makes us the person we are. This is an excellent book to help young children understand this anger and learn how to control anger.

Title: When I Feel Angry (Part of the ‘The Way I Feel’ series)

Author: Cornelia Maude Spelman

Illustrator: Nancy Cote

Plot: A little bunny finds that a lot of things make her angry, and when she feels angry she wants to do and say hurtful things. But she also learns that feeling something and doing those things are completely different and that she should take care not to hurt others in the process.

Review: This is a lovely little book, perfect for preschoolers. I would go so far as to say that even adults like us could gain quite a bit from reading this!!

Little Bunny first learns to identify the emotion called anger and she finds that many different events can trigger anger in her. All sorts of scenarios are covered – things that are out of our control can make us angry, something someone does or says to us, or sometimes even we can make ourselves angry when we get frustrated!

Nancy Cote has done a brilliant job of expressing Little Bunny’s facial expressions, especially since pictures are what’ll get to the child more than words. The text is in first person and in simple English, which will help children to express their feelings clearly, for example: ‘I feel angry when I have to stop my game’. This will be especially useful for children prone to tantrums, who can’t seem to use words to say exactly what they want.

The book also provides positive ways to control anger, anger management techniques and ways to curb violent impulses like wanting to hit someone. In the kind of world we have today, these lessons can’t be underestimated. My son gets angry quite frequently, but when I remind him of the book, he does make an effort to calm down (though some explosions are inevitable!!).

I would whole heartedly recommend this book to all mothers, however old your child is, and whether they have an anger problem or not. Learning to control your anger and express your feelings are skills that everyone needs and your child will be grateful to you long after the bedtime book reading sessions are done.

Here are a few more recommendations for other books for young kids in the same genre:

Mean Soup – Horace comes home at the end of a very bad day, but his mother knows just how to fix his mood!! A book that shows children that changing their mood is in their hands.

When Sophie gets Angry – Really, Really Angry – Sophie explodes with anger when things don’t go her way. The book depicts realistic reactions that children have and ways to calm themselves. Tip: Good for kids with siblings!!

Nina in That Makes Me Mad – A lot of everyday things make Nina mad, but then she also learns that she can’t always have her own way! Kids will relate well to the funny incidents in Nina’s life.

When we were younger, most of us were told that we weren’t supposed to feel angry and that an angry child was a ‘bad’ child. But thanks to books like these, we can teach our children that anger is normal and all we need to do is learn to handle it!!

Fabida Abdulla is a former software engineer turned stay at home Mother Lion to her four year old son, whom she calls ‘The Cub’. She blogs about her crazy life at Shocks and Shoes.