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When Sophie gets angry--really, really angry... /

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. Full description

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Language: English
Published: Blue Sky Press, 1999
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Everybody gets angry sometimes. For children, anger can be very upsetting. Parents, teachers, and children can talk about it. People do lots of different things when they get angry. In this Caldecott Honor book, kids will see what Sophie does when she gets angry. What do you do?

Review by Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. There's no shortage of books that deal with children's feelings--the sadness that comes when someone dear dies, jealousy toward a new sibling, disappointment when things don't go as planned--but most couch their explanation in layers of story, and many have a responsive adult adding sage advice. Bang, on the other hand, concentrates first and foremost on the emotion and shows a young child dealing with it strictly on her own terms. The setup is easy to grasp. Sophie becomes angry because she has to give a toy to her sister. When her sister snatches the toy away, causing Sophie to trip, Sophie becomes angrier still. "Oh, is Sophie ever angry now!" The remainder of the book uses bold graphics, supplemented by a few well-chosen words, to show how anger affects Sophie and what she does about it--from physical expression ("She kicks. She screams. She wants to smash the world to smithereens.") and escape (she runs outdoors) to the emotional release (tears and finding a quiet place where the "wide world comforts her"). The artwork is dynamic. Hot reds, bright yellows and oranges, and jagged shapes that seem to quiver on the page catch the intensity of anger, with Bang softening her palette to more subdued colors as Sophie calms down, and adjusting it back to sunnier ones when Sophie returns home to her loving family. Children may need to be assured that other options besides running outdoors exist for dealing with anger, but that said, Bang's strong, nonproscriptive acknowledgment of a feeling most children will recognize will be welcomed, as will the reassurance that though anger may come, it will also go away given time. --Stephanie Zvirin

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

"Raw zigzags of color convey a girl's rage when her sister takes her toy in this compassionate volume, which proposes a cure for anger," PW said. "Bang treats childhood emotions with respect." Ages 3-up. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Review by School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Sophie is playing with her stuffed gorilla when her sister wrests it from her, knocking her to the floor. When their mother agrees that it is her sister's turn to play with the toy, Sophie becomes so angry that "She wants to smash the world to smithereens." She kicks, screams, and eventually runs into the woods where she climbs a huge beech tree, looks out over the water, and is comforted by the "wide world." Calm, she returns home ready to participate in family life. The text is appropriately brief, for it is Bang's double-page illustrations, vibrating with saturated colors, that reveal the drama of the child's emotions. Floorboards slant diagonally across two pages, echoing the agitation of the siblings as they engage in a tug of war. A close-up of Sophie's face with blue eyes blazing and pigtails flying is set against a fire-red background. Bang gives the ranting girl a huge red shadow. On the next spread, Sophie releases a "ROAR" so enormous that she seems to shrink off the page. The trees, outlined in bright red, mimic the girl's anger, then bow down as she passes by stooped and weeping, and finally sport bright-green outlines as she returns home cheered and hopeful. Sophie, like a missing piece, rejoins her family as the puzzle they are working on is completed. Pair this excellent story with Dorothea Lachner's Andrew's Angry Words (North-South, 1995).-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community-Technical College, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Molly Bang was born in Princeton, New Jersey in 1943. After college, Bang taught English in Japan. She returned to the U.S and earned her graduate degree in East Asian Languages and Literatures, then worked in India, Bangladesh, and West Africa for Johns Hopkins, Unicef and Harvard. Her first books were translations of folktales, which she also illustrated.

Bang has received many awards and honors, including the prestigious Caldecott Honor Book Award three times, for The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher, Ten, Nine, Eight and When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry. She won the Giverny Award for Best Science Picture Book for Common Ground in 1998. Ten, Nine, Eight also won the ALA Notable Children's Book and When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry, won the Charlotte Zolotow Award. It was also an ALA Notable Book and a Jane Addams Children's Honor Book

Her titles include Nobody Particular: One Woman's Fight to Save the Bays, Tiger's Fall, Little Rat Sets Sail, My Light, and Picture This: Perception and Composition.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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