Fergal and the Bad Temper

Imprint. Apr. 2019. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250198624.
PreS-K–When Fergal the dragon gets angry, he snorts fire, often incinerating the things that are upsetting him, and not making him feel any better. At first, his friends and family are patient with his outbursts, but soon his friends have had enough. His mother teaches him the trick that she uses when she gets upset, and he decides to try it the next time he loses his temper. Happily, he finds that taking his mother’s advice helps him curb his outbursts, and he begins to notice the tricks others use to calm themselves when they get steamed. This book is ideal for preschoolers who are learning about patience and managing their feelings; it models how to discuss bad tempers without punishing or condemning children for losing their cool. The easy, repetitive language, coupled with friendly illustrations reminiscent of Emily Gravett’s Again!, makes this an accessible and engaging read for young children.
VERDICT This is a helpful book to have on hand for families working on teaching calming techniques to their children

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