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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 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 |
There definitely are many many other better books about dealing with anger, but I still do enjoy this book. I'm particularly drawn in by the vibrant illustrations and the message that your family still loves you no matter how angry you get. Storming out as a child into the forest by yourself without letting anyone know isn't the best coping mechanism for being angry over an altercation about sharing toys, but the part where she sits on the beech tree realizing how insignificant her problems are compared to the wide world is lovely. Nature solves a lot of our problems. I also noticed how everything is outlined in different colors based on their mood or energy; the toys are outlined red when Sophie is angry. ( )
  jahn4 | Mar 4, 2020 |
An excellent read to examine managing one's emotions and the power of nature to calm and heal. Sophie EXPLODES and then runs to nature to find her inner calm. The book describes and illustrates so well how it feels to be angry and lose control and the stages after the crisis. I have used this book over the years as a read aloud when there is a child in the class who is quick tempered, and it always helps them to feel understood. It is so important for children to name their feelings and to be taught that feelings are not right or wrong. Research has shown that the common factor among violent criminals is SHAME! We must make sure not to shame children for how they feel, but instead to support them in learning to self-regulate, communicate and problem solve. ( )
  rrednour | Feb 19, 2020 |
"When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry... " by Molly Bang is a quality book about a girl names Sophie who does not like to share and has a short temper. She gets so angry that she leaves home and runs to the ocean. Kids who read this book can relate to angry child who wants to leave home. Read this book to see how Sophie responds to this adversity in her life. Molly's illustrations create a great visual of Sophie's emotions. ( )
  jlindqu5 | Jan 28, 2020 |
This books is about Sophie and how she gets really angry when her mom makes her share with her sister. She finds a way to cope by going into the woods and taking a walk. She returns home and everything is fine. This book shows good coping mechanisms. ( )
  shannonopdahl | Jan 19, 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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