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Pure Rage . . . Safely Vented
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posted by Anonymous on February 5, 2007Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 28, 2013
I worked in a preschool last year and this book was in our class
I worked in a preschool last year and this book was in our classroom and I loathed it entirely.
1. Sophie is just playing in the living room minding her own business, when her sister takes her toy WITHOUT ASKING, and their mother doesn't correct her.
2. Sophie throws a tantrum, which I don't blame her. Her sister stole her toy and her mom thinks that's okay. No wonder Sophie has anger issues.
3. Sophie runs away from home, and no one seems to notice, or care. She runs into the woods, and sits by a body of water. There's people on this review board are saying that it's not supposed to be taken literally, and that she's running into her imagination. The age group that this book targets doesn't know how to differentiate between what's real and imaginary. Kids that read this might think it's okay to run away whenever the hell you feel like it.
4. She returns home and it's like nothing happened. I'd be a little flustered if my kid ran away from home, but whatever.
5. The book is supposed to be about anger and how to control that anger, but the character isn't addressing her anger in a healthy way. She's running away from her problems. This doesn't teach kids how to confront their issues in a healthy way.
6. The CD that accompanies this book is read by a really monotone narrator.
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Posted October 6, 2007
This is a horrible lesson in which it teaches. I would not suggest this book to any parent for their child to read. The lesson that most any reader would get is that running away from the problem and then coming back home you are rewarded with a warm welcome? That is only a dysfunctional way of resolving a problem. What first went wrong is that Sophie¿s sister took the gorilla without asking Sophie if she could have it and the mother did not address Sophie¿s sister that she was wrong in doing so. Yes, this is a cute and funny story for a young child, but what they would learn in reading this book is that just taking a toy without asking or running away from home is okay to do, when it is the wrong thing to do. There is no relevant achievement that this book displays. Nurturance happens when Sophie returns home and everyone is happy to see her. Cooperation does not apply because Sophie¿s gorilla was taken from her. Sophie took her chance in running away because she did not get her way, and she retuned home without punishment. Doing one¿s best did not exist because Sophie and her sister were not able to play together. Kindness, honesty, and caring were not shown from the mother when Sophie¿s gorilla was snatched from her by neither her sister nor when she ran away. There were not any right lessons learned. Punishment was avoided in this book. This book was a way of sugar coating how to deal with a problem in running away. Why would we want our children to think running away from a problem is the answer? Why would some one want to write about that? This book emphasizes that when one does not get their way, running away is the answer.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.