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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Bea Reviews Hold Your Temper, Tiger! by Carol Roth, Illustrated by Rashin

Bea's Book Nook, Review, Hold Your Temper, Tiger! Carol Roth, Rashin
Publisher: NorthSouth Books
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: March 7th, 2017
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Blurb from goodreads:

A playful look at managing tempers for tigers of every age.

Little Tiger has a temper! He stomps his paws, cries, and growls when he doesn't want to do something. But when his mom says “Hold your temper or else,” Little Tiger has to make some changes. Where will he hold his temper? In his pocket . . . in his underwear?

My Thoughts:

I teach toddlers so I am always looking for ways to help them identify and manage their feelings. The child in this book is older than a toddler but the story would work for children three and older.

Little Tiger has trouble with his temper. When he doesn't get his way, he has temper tantrums. His parents are apparently clueless on how to handle this but one day his mother tells him to hold it or else. The 'or else' is left vague and that vagueness terrifies Little Tiger so he tries to control his temper. I loved that the illustrator gives form and substance to his anger; that will help some children by helping them give their anger a visual and a form that they can then manage. I didn't love that the book doesn't provide any actual advice or suggestions to help children. Little Tiger's "solution" was impractical - he pretends to stuff his anger in his underwear. Nor do we ever find out what mom's 'or else' was. The book ends happily despite the fact that Little Tiger does not actually learn how to hold his temper. "Hold Your Temper, Tiger!" gets off to a promising start but fails to deliver.

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