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Bang, Molly.
 New York: The Blue Sky Press, 1999
IL K-3 RL 2.6
ISBN 0590189794
(4 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

There have been times I've been so angry I wanted to scream and cry and lash out at the people I'm around and love.  But sometimes the best thing for me to do is to go to a quiet place.  That is exactly what Sophie does when she gets mad at her sister and doesn't want to share and then she trips over a toy. Her special place is high up in a birch tree that overlooks the ocean.  If you have trouble with anger and having a bad temper you will want to read about Sophie and how she handles her strong feelings.  Will she be able to calm herself?  Will she and her family work things out?  Read this book and I promise Sophie will not let you down.  (Karen Womack, graduate student,  <> )

Booktalk #2

If I were doing a booktalk to students in kindergarten, I would pretend I was really angry with someone.  I would start off something like:
I'm really angry today.  I was reading a book, and my sister took it away from me before I finished.  She said it was her turn to read the book.  So I'm really, really angry.  What do you think I should do?  Have any of you ever gotten really angry?  What do you do when you get really angry?  In When Sophie Gets Angry-Really Really Angry, Molly is a little girl who gets angry with her sister for taking away her toy gorilla.  she gets so angry that she runs outside.  She runs and runs until she gets tired.  Then she climbs a tree.  What do you think is going to happen to Molly?  Do you think she'll stay up there forever?  Will she ever talk to her sister again?  Read this book and find out  what happens to Molly.  (Gloria Sanchez

Booktalk #3

I would ask children how they show different emotions, such as happiness, angry, sadness, love.   I would get certain participants to tell me how they deal with a certain kind of emotion.  Afterwards, I would ask for a show of hands of those who have siblings that have irritated them and what caused them to fight.  After this discussion, I would introduce this book and ask children what emotion Sophie shows on the cover and why they chose that particular one.  Then I would give a brief summary over the book. ("Naomi Bates" <>)

Booktalk #4

Sophie is not ready to share a toy with her sister, and a simple argument turns into a gigantic temper tantrum, as she gets REALLY, REALLY ANGRY. The strongly drawn, brightly colored pictures show us her feelings, as she runs and cries until she is exhausted. How can she find peace and comfort with herself and her  family? The sharp bright colors in this book could tell the story all by themselves. See if you can follow what is happening by just looking at the pictures alone. The author won the Caldecott Honor Medal for these dramatic pictures.  (Jeannie Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards)

SUBJECTS:      Anger -- Fiction.


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