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When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry... (1999)

by Molly Bang

Series: When Sophie

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A young girl is upset and doesn't know how to manage her anger but takes the time to cool off and regain her composure.

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Sophie gets REALLY angry when her sister takes her gorilla and Sophie falls over a truck to get it back. She gets SO angry that she runs off into the woods. After running for a while, and crying for a while, Sophie finds comfort in the peace of nature and she looks around the world. When she returns home, she is welcomed back by her family, and she notices that she isn't even mad anymore. This book is great for teaching young children that their emotions are ok, and even how to deal with them. When Sophie gets angry, she runs, she cries, and she spends some time by herself just thinking. These are all great strategies for helping children deal with those big emotions, like anger or sadness. Molly Bang's illustrations are great examples of onomatopoeia as well, most pages include at least one example, such as a huge gout of red flame erupting from Sophie's mouth that says ROAR. ( )
  GIJason82 | Feb 25, 2022 |
The story of When Sophie Gets Angry Really, Really Angry shows what happens when a girl named Sophie gets angry when things don't go her way. The book displays Sophie being impulsive when she gets angry and then shows what she does to calm herself down. This is the perfect book to help children understand how to cope with their anger. ( )
  BeckyP94 | Feb 20, 2022 |
I really liked this children's book because it teaches the reader and the audience about how to react and do in situations in which impulses win you over. I want to say that every child has gotten so angry to the point in which they consider running away from home so I believe the text can be relatable to the reader. ( )
  CarlosY | Feb 15, 2022 |
Sophie becomes angry when playing with her sister. The story follows Sophie as she manages and handles her anger. First, Sophie’s anger is loud: kicking, screaming, and roaring. Then, Sophie’s anger is fast: she is running as far and as fast as she can. Next, Sophie’s anger is sad: her head hangs low and fat tears roll down her cheeks. She is soothed by her surroundings and becomes reflective and calm as she settles in the sights and sounds around her. She returns home calm, settled, and content. ( )
  KelliSimpson613 | Jan 30, 2022 |
A young girl is upset and doesn't know how to manage her anger but takes the time to cool off and regain her composure.
  BLTSbraille | Sep 29, 2021 |
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Marilyn Courtot (Children's Literature)
It is often difficult for kids to talk about their feelings, especially anger. Bang offers a great opportunity for parents and kids to discuss anger and how Sophie handles it. The situation is typical; Sophie's sister has taken her toy, which makes her very angry. The vivid colors and illustrations likening Sophie to a volcano get the point across. So too does the resolution that Sophie finds, by escaping outdoors to climb her favorite tree. There she calms down and the world becomes a quieter place bathed in soothing green and blue. 1999, Scholastic, $15.95. Ages 2 to 7.
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Janice M. Del Negro (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, April 1999 (Vol. 52, No. 8))
Sophie loses a tug-of-war altercation with her sister over a stuffed monkey, and her anger propels her out of the house and into an anger-reducing run. After running, crying, climbing a tree, and being soothed by the breeze, Sophie feels better and goes home, where everyone is happy to see her. Bang has captured a young child’s uncontrollable eruption of anger in both language (“She kicks. She screams. She wants to smash the world to smithereens”) and images (when Sophie “roars a red, red roar,” she really does). In the scenes where Sophie’s rage is the impetus, the objects in the hotly colored illustrations are outlined in a flaming orange red; as Sophie calms down, the outline changes to a soothing pink, then to cool blues and greens, and finally to the cheerful yellow outlines of the domestic scenes. The double-page spreads are colored in a fiesta palette of warm yellows, saturated blues, and acid greens. In the closing spreads the yellow floors, orange walls, and pink woodwork combine to create a cozy home and hearth, where “everything is back together again and Sophie isn’t angry anymore.” Simple but effective, this title has a cohesive narrative of both words and images that could well be used in storytime programming or to start a discussion of what to do when you’re mad.
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Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1999)
When Sophie has to surrender one toy to her sister, stumbles over another toy, and gets no sympathy from her mother, she runs furiously out into the woods, first to cry, and then sit in a huge old beech, watching the ocean until the tempest abates. Bang (Common Ground, 1997, etc.) captures the intensity of Sophie's feelings with strong, broadly brushed forms and colors: images of flames and a volcano; blue eyes glaring up from a red background that looks as if it's exploding; then harmonious, leafy greens and browns; and concluding scenes of domestic amity. This briefly told behavior-management episode explores well-worked thematic territory, but as in Hiawyn Oram's Angry Arthur(1989)--and in contrast to the child in Betsy Everitt's Mean Soup (1992)--Sophie finds a way to cope with her anger, quite laudably, without a helping adult hand. 1999, Blue Sky/Scholastic, $15.95. © 1999
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To all children, and to all moms and dads, grandmothers and grandfathers, aunts and uncles and friends, who ever get angry - even once. M.B.
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Sophie was playing when...her sister grabbed Gorilla.
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