When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry...

When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry...

by Molly Bang

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"Oh is Sophie ever angry now!" 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?

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ISBN-13: 9781338088441
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Sold by: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 428,698
File size: 17 MB
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Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Molly Bang has written and illustrated more than twenty books for young readers, including When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry... ; Ten, Nine, Eight; and The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher, each of which were Caldecott Honor books. Bang divides her time between Falmouth, Massachusetts, and Northern California.

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When Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really Angry... (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When a young child gets frustrated, uncontrolled rage often follows. How can a parent help? I suggest reading this book together and discussing it while your child is in a good mood. When Sophie Gets Angry was a Caldecott honoree for its remarkable illustrations in 2000. These illustrations combine the styles of Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Matisse in a vivid, bright, and effective way. The book uses the metaphor of a 'volcano, ready to explode' very effectively. Geologists would point out that a volcano without vents will explode as the water in the cone turns to steam with no place to go. With vents, all you get is a cloud of steam and gentle lava flows. Ms. Bang uses three illustration techniques to maximum advantage. First, she colors the page with the emotion Sophie is feeling. Second, she turns Sophie's words into physical expressions within the metaphor. Third, she changes her composition to show the transition that Sophie feels as she moves from within herself into touch with the world around her again. My favorite two images in the book are when she first arrives at an old beech tree that she climbs into. The second has her sitting in the same tree while 'the wide world comforts her.' This is one of the ten best illustrated children's books it has been my pleasure to view. I come to this conclusion based on the excellence of the style, the appropriate use of color, the fit with the story, and superb compositions. The quality is uniformly high in all these dimensions. The story itself deals with a typical cause of childhood rage -- being asked to share when a child doesn't want to. Mom takes Sophie's sister's side, and then Sophie falls over a truck . . . hurting herself. That fans the flames! 'She wants to smash the world to smithereens.' 'She roars a red, red roar.' Then Sophie does a positive thing. Rather than simply throwing a nonstop tantrum, she takes charge of managing her emotional state. Her reaction is to run. 'She runs and runs and runs until she can't run anymore.' 'Then for a little while, she cries.' At that point, she begins to come out of herself and her rage. I liked the use of this method for handling anger, because researchers show that by changing our physiology we can change our mood. Also, exercising releases stress and anger. Sophie's family lives near the seashore, so Sophie goes to a peaceful spot . . . where she has found solace before. I think this is an excellent example for your child, suggesting that a child find a place where she or he can be quietly alone where he or she finds peace. This can be a good place to visit, even when the child isn't angry. Then Sophie comes home. 'She feels better now.' 'The house is warm and smells good.' 'Everyone's glad she's home.' So there are no further consequences except feeling loved. This is a marvelous way to encourage a child to take care of their emotions in ways that keep an even balance in family relations. The messages that a child will get from this book are that anger is a natural reaction to everyday situations, that the anger can be defused by the child's own actions, and that this can all occur in a loving environment. For a parent, it is easier to talk about Sophie's anger than your child's anger. But you can certainly ask your child what she or he thinks about Sophie's anger . . . and what Sophie should do. You can also ask your child if he or she has a favorite peaceful spot. You can also describe when you feel angry, and what you do about this. As a result, your child can begin to understand that there are multiple paths to defusing anger. Please be aware that Sophie runs to a quiet place, not away from home. Certainly, you don't want your child to run away from home when angry. If you live in a small apartment, the quiet place may be a cozy corner in a room in the apartment near a window looking out on the beauties of nature. That's why you will want to have a discussion about appropriate qu
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the only books in our Library that discussed anger for my 4 year old son. He's had a very hard time expressing his emotions and anger is the worst for him. I was very disappointed in this book. It's more or less a book on WHAT NOT TO DO. The little girl reacts and behaves in ways I would NOT want my son to do. Screaming, throwing a fit, running away, etc. The best I could do with it was read and discuss with him how her actions WERE NOT HELPING. At the end of the book the girl has wrung herself out with her screaming, crying and running away and shows up at home like nothing happened. Her parents don't seem to have noticed she was gone, there is no discussion on her actions, and all is just peachy. Very disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really appreciate the reviews and agree with them. I would like to point out one thing that struck me as the mother of two. When Sophie gets angry, she ran out of the house. I would read this with my child and point out that I ALWAYS need to know when they leave the house EVEN if they are angry. I would discuss other ways to vent anger that didn't involve running out the door. It is a very well done story about the natural progression of anger. We get angry sometimes, we deal with it, then we move on. Great way to open a discussion about anger and appropriate ways of dealing with our anger.
juanitaloo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The author's simple language makes it easy for young children to describes the cycle of anger brewing to its peak and its subsequent decline. The bright, colorful illustrations also employ some comic book techniques: SMASH, ROAR, PABAM are used for sound effects. A great book for parents and teachers to discuss with children how to deal with their anger and feelings.
tshrum06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an example of realistic fiction. Sophie is a realistic seeming girl who gets angry and has to learn how to cope with her anger and calm herself down. I think kids can really relate to feeling so overwhelmed with an emotion that they don¿t really know how to deal with at first, so in that aspect it is a really good example of realistic fiction. It¿s relatable and mostly believable. Age Appropriateness: PrimaryMedia: Chalk, charcoal
dtortorice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this book Sophie gets mad and runs to the woods until she can run no more. After crying adn getting out her anger, she realizes the beautiful world around her and heads home to see her family. She is happy again. I'm 30 and could take a lesson from this book. Proper anger management skills are crucial.
gdoyle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think this is a book that many adults should read too!The giant red shadow and red roar are excellent representations of anger. Sophie has the place she goes to gather herself. A great resource for children learning hop to cope with angry feelings.
ReadAloudDenver on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry...¿ by Molly Bang is a book that acknowledges that kids have bad days, too. This book has a descriptive vocabulary that helps kids express and understand angry feelings partnered with bold expressive illustrations. When you read this book aloud with your child, the illustrations graphically express the words on the page. For example, ¿Sophie is a volcano, ready to explode¿ has the word ¿EXPLODE¿ erupting out of a volcano. ¿She roars a red, red roar¿ with a fiery red and orange ¿ROAR¿ spewing out of her mouth. Some unusual words in the book to build vocabulary: smithereens, old beech tree, breeze, comforts
JordySizemordy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sophie is enjoying her time until a fight over a toy causes her to get angry...really, really angry. She runs away, and throughout her time with nature, Sophie is able to compose herself. She comes back home, and is welcomed into a more calm environment. The colors of this book are really intense! There wasn't any possible way that I could look away. The story also displays a positive way of dealing with emotions...not necessarily to run away from your problems, but to retreat...regroup...and then keep on moving forward. A couple of classroom activities immediately come to mind. It would be really easy for the children in any classroom to journal/ brainstorm about many different ways that they could deal with any issues that they may feel passionate about. Another creative thing for students to participate in would be coloring or drawing pictures of how they feel when they are mad vs how they feel when they are happy, and then compare the color differences (like red vs blue or orange vs green) to turn the book into an art lesson as well.
abarajas09 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: Realistic FIctionReview: This is a good example for realistic fiction because we all know that everyone gets mad, but not everyone deals with it in the same way, and here we learn how Sophie deals with it. Media: Watercolor, pastels
AngMarWilson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a little girl named Sophie and she gets really angry when her sister takes her stuffed gorilla away. She runs as fast and as far as she can from the house to cool off. All Sophie needed was some space to make her happy again. She returns home happy. Her whole family is delighted to see her come home.I really enjoyed the illustrations in this book. The colors were absolutely amazing. I think this book would be perfect to read to younger kids because they need to be taught to share their toys.In a classroom setting, I would start by discussing how important it would be to share. I would also bring up another conversation by asking my students what they do when they get really angry like Sophie did.
cpage_07 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The illustrations for this book are wonderful. The book is about a little girl named Sophie who gets very upset when things do not go her way. When she gets mad, she runs. She explores different things and then she starts to feel better. After she is done looking around, she goes back home and everything is fine.
hebeaton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book about a young girl who is learning do deal with her emotions, mainly anger. She gets mad that she has to share and she gets very angry. She experiences everything from crying to yelling. This would be a great book to read to children to show them how to deal with anger and to show them different types of behavior.
kelasater on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book with wonderful illustrations. Sophie is very angry that her sister snatched a toy and that she has to share. She goes through the phases of anger; yells, runs away, cries, and reflects. When she is done reflecting and feels calmed down, she goes back home and everything is normal again. Good book to talk about how to deal with anger.
fnborries on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good book to read to students to talk about emotions. Many people get angry and there are many ways to deal with anger. The little girl sophie get angry and deals with her emotions by running away and making herself feel better. You can talk to your students what are good and bad ways to deal with your emotions.
JoseDelAguila on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Sophie's sister takes away a toy that Sophie was playing with, Sophie gets angry. She runs out of the house and keeps running until she tires herself out and then she cries. Finally, Sophie climbs up a tree where she lets the sights and sounds of nature soothe and calm her.
ke141703 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: This story is about a girl named Sophie who is always getting angry. It starts when her mom asks her to share. The book goes through her showing all kinds of anger. Then after after a long walk she returns home to her loving family.Personal Reaction: I enjoyed reading this book. I thought the pictures and colors were incredible. Also i like how it had words that the students could read outload and act out how she was feeling.Classroom Extension Ideas: First you could have the students make a list of things that make them happy and things than make them angry and explain both lists. Also you could have a leason on sharing and why it is important.
britwidenhouse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:This is a story about a girl being angry. To deal with her angry she leaves her house, goes to a tree to climb. She hears a bird and it seems to comfort her. The water and the sound of waves outside seem to confort her and calm her down a little.Personal Reaction:I liked the book because it shows some things you can do to deal with your emotions such as anger. To me this seems to be a normal way a child may react to their emotions and what a child may do if they feel angry or upset. Classroom extension idea:1. You could use this boook in the classroom to have the kids tell everybody what they may do at home when they get angry and a good way they may use to calm themselves down.2. You could use this book to explore diverse children.
szierdt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Painted illustrations convey emotion through color. Sophies anger, then calmness after her anger passes is explored. Though I really like this book and think it explores emotions effectively, I am concerned that we discover Sophie runs away when she is angry. As Sophie lives in the country, this poses no threat but in the city, this response would be unexceptable and dangerous. For this reason, I would like to come up with ideas with a child about where they would like to go that would be a safe place for them to calm down. Then, when they find themselves really angry, encourage them to go to that space. Eventually, a child could be encouraged to mentally go to that place as they calm themselves down. All this said, I am concerned that running away like this labels a child impulsive, which is often considered a negative behavior issue.
KaydeeParrish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: When Sophie Gets Angry is about a girl who does not like to share. She was playing with her toys when her sister comes and grabs one. Sophie gets really mad especially when her mother says she has to share. She gets so mad that she runs.. she has to get away from everything. After taking a few minutes to herself, she returns home feeling much better.Personal Reaction: I think everyone can relate to this book. When I get mad I always try to get away from everyone so I can have a few minutes to myself to recover. Everyone gets mad, but you have to deal with anger in a healthy way.Classroom Extensions:1. This book is a great book to teach children how to share.2. I would have children draw a picture about where they would go when they want to get away.
TirzahB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Sophie gets in a fight with her sister over a toy, Sophie's mother sides with her sister and Sophie gets very angry and kicks, and screams and wants to smash everything to smithereens. Sophie runs away to be alone and cries, then she climbs an old beech tree and the wide world comforts he. when Sophie feels better she goes home, and her family welcomes her home. Then Every thing is back together againPersonal Reaction:I think this book was a good book, it teaches children that its OK to get angry, and it demonstrates how to handle it in a healthy way with out hurting anyone. I personally enjoyed the colors in this book. I like how the illustrator uses different colors tones with Sophie's emotions to help tell the story. When my 3 yr old child who is not a (Word reader) read this book he knew when to tone his voice down and read the pictures when Sophie calmed down because the colors in the picture were calm.Classroom Extension Ideas:1. I can have the children draw a picture of a time they got really angry like Sophie and have them use colors like reds and yellows that are bright 2. I can have the kids paint a picture of them in a happy place a place ware they can go to calm down when they get angry. I would have them use soothing colors like soft pastel blues, and purples and greens 3. I can teach the kids other ways to handle their anger. I can relaxation techniques to help them when they get angry. like deep breathing, writing about the feelings ( or drawing).
cmesa1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story teaches children how to deal with their feelings in this case being angry. Sophie gets really angry and feels like she is going to explode but the nature and a walk calms her down and then she is able to come back home and everything is fine. It shows kids that is ok to be angry you just have to learn how to deal with the emotion in a healthy way.
anngugat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The illustrations in this book do so much for expressing all of the emotions that Sophie experiences. This book give children a great example of how to calm yourself down.
ericarhenry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and I think it's a good book for kids to read about how to control their anger. I work with one girl in particular who has anger issues and it's been a challenge to figure out a way that she will listen to to help her control her anger. If she were younger, I think this would be a great book for her. It's a story about Sophie, who gets angry because she has to share her toy gorilla with her sister. Her sister grabs it from her and Sophie falls over a toy truck. She gets furious and storms out of the house, takes a walk, calms down by sitting in a beech tree, and finally goes home where everyone is glad to see her. She got very angry, took a walk and controlled her anger. Once she got it under control, she felt great. The illustrations really make this book. I think you can read it just through the pictures. Molly Bang is great at conveying emotion through her illustrations.
teddiemitchell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Sophie Gets Angry --Really, Really Angry is about a young girl who is busy playing when her younger sister comes up and grabs Gorilla. Sophie was already upset but when she tripped over another toy, man did she get angry! Sophie then gets away and all the sounds of nature calm her down and she returns home where everything is back to normal and she is no longer angry. The colors used in the illustration are quite vibrant and draw your attention.I can personally relate to this book with remembering when I was younger and my younger sister would take toys away from me and how angry I would get, and then coming back and wanting to play with her again. I also have a stepson who gets really angry when somebody grabs his toy.In the classroom, I would have my students write up or illustrate the time that they had a toy taken from them and how angry they got and what they did to relieve that anger. Another thing that the students could do was bring in one of their favorite toys that they hated to share and tell about a time that they were forced to share it.