Use this playful, read-along story to teach that anger as a natural and manageable part of life.
"The Anger Ogre visits everybody's lives, just remember to be patient whenever it arrives." When the Anger Ogre Visits gives children symbolic and concrete guidance about how to deal with anger as a natural part of their inner lives. Rather than squelching anger or pushing it away, the book invites children to sit with and observe anger, removing its overwhelming aspects. This playfully illustrated story, written in memorable rhyme, centers on discovering and using internal resources and portrays anger as manageable.
Art therapist Andr e Salom focuses on teaching children to recognize emotions specifically, anger as a first step toward coping with them. She gives examples of how anger feels in the body ("If the Anger Ogre is still swollen, tense, and hot,/ Offer it some honey of the sweetest kind you've got"), then offers suggestions for changing those feelings: relax, pay attention, and breathe. Ivette Salom's colorful illustrations which are heavy on the red-orange palette, suggesting anger of children and creatures are lively and slightly Seussian. The drawings of the Anger Ogre, though, may be a bit scary for very young readers, but, if read with a parent or caregiver, this simple rhyming tale can help children recognize their angry feelings and learn a process for how to manage them. Andr e Salom teaches basic mindfulness, a trend in today's classrooms, in a way that is imaginative, simple, and even fun. Overall, this succeeds at making sophisticated psychological information accessible to even the youngest children. Ages 3 7.