I LOVE this book, Anh’s Anger.
I got it when M. was in the insane 3′s, that age we’d never heard about until we had to start researching to see what had happened to our sweet, gentle daughter. Since then, I’ve seen so many other parents ask the same question. Usually half in a panic that they’d really missed something or somehow not given their child a vital piece of love or boundary or gentle discipline.
We did read it when she was 3, and she sat through it, wanted to hear it again and then forgot about it.
She suddenly fell in love with it herself. She’s 4 and 2 months old. She pulled it out of her bookshelf and had me read it to her. Then she spent some time “sitting with her anger” as Anh does in the book. And then she wanted to read it again.
This is exactly what we need right now. She’s so smart and so full of intensity. She wants, craves, needs tools to deal with her feelings. She’s also a control freak which can make gentle discipline a challenge. But the idea that she can be empowered to work her way out of a frustrating or overwhelming emotion like anger totally appeals to her. We’ve spent all these years doing everything in our power not to crush her spirit or ever tell her how she “should” be feeling. And now we see how necessary it is for her own happiness and growth that she learns that while all feelings are good, we are still responsible for our actions.
It is beautifully written and illustrated. It’s peaceful and powerful.
From the Amazon description: “Anh discovers a positive method by which to work through his feelings. This remarkable book teaches children to both acknowledge and resolve their difficult emotions…”
And here’s a really great, thoughtful and thorough review at The Children’s Book Review.