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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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Young children don’t fully understand their emotions yet knowing how to control them can be something to learn. This book educates children on how Sophie copes with her anger. Children love to act out emotions.
  dgrageda | Nov 20, 2020 |
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  AprilGraziano | Nov 16, 2020 |
An okay book to share with children to learn about emotions. I am not a fan of the illustrations.
  mackenziemitchell | Nov 14, 2020 |
Caldecott Award Winner. This is the first book in a series about feelings. This focuses on anger, and how to process it when you're feeling angry. I particularly liked that the main character is a girl, since we don't often talk about girls' anger. ( )
  BethParker | Jul 24, 2020 |
Sophie gets really angry when someone takes her toys. She uses nature to help her when she becomes angry. The illustrations in this book are in great detail. Early readers can depict from the illustrations what the story is about. ( )
1 vote kmaldonado | Mar 9, 2020 |
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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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