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When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang
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Feb 15, 12

bookshelves: picture-story-books
Read in February, 2012

** spoiler alert ** The first thing I noticed about this book was without a doubt the illustrations. They were not accurate to real life in the least bit, but that is what makes this book so unique. The colors is the first aspect that I noticed. In the beginning of the book, when Sophie is really angry, the colors seem to be more of a red tone, which studies have shown to stimulate a faster heartbeat and breathing in humans. This translates to Sophie's anger perfectly. Then after Sophie has calmed down and has run her anger off, the color tones are blue and green. These create more of a serene atmosphere. The nature reflects Sophie's mood. The second aspect of the illustrations which I noticed about this novel was the use of words in the illustrations. In one instance, when Sophie roars in extreme anger, the word "roar" is spelled out with flames licking its surroundings. This really give an extreme, impacting illustration for children to view. Over all this book is an extremely exciting book to present to children in the classroom. Also, it gives the teacher a chance to teach children about dealing with their anger. The teacher can explain how in different situations you must deal with your anger in different ways. Sophie's ability to run off her anger is her way of expelling the anger from herself. The teacher can challenge his or her children to come up with clever ways to rid themselves of their anger, when running on the playground is not possible. Classic ways of dealing with anger issues are breathing deeply or counting to 10 slowly.
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