Anh’s Anger – Perfect Picture Book

Anh's Anger9781888375947_p0_v1_s260x420.jpg.Anh’s Anger

Gail Silver, Author

Christiane Kromer, Illustrator

Plum Blossom Books, Fiction 2009

Suitable for Ages: 4-7

Themes:  Handling Anger, Grandfathers, Mindfulness

Opening:  Anh was in the living room building a tower, the tallest tower he’d ever built.  His grandfather was in the kitchen making dinner.  “Anh” Grandfather called out. “Dinner is ready.”  

Synopsis:  Anh is building a block tower when his grandfather calls him for dinner.  He wants to keep playing — just one more block.  Anh erupts into anger and knocks down his tower.  When he says hurtful things, his grandfather tells Anh to go to his room and sit with his anger.  In his bedroom, Anh meets his anger in the form of a hairy, red creature.  They talk, howl, spin in circles and beat the ground with their hands.  Anh is so exhausted he’s ready sit and be still with his anger.

Why I like this book:  Gail Silver has written an enchanting book for both children, parents and teachers.  It is based on the teachings about mindfulness and Buddhism by Thich Nhat Hanh.  It encourages parents to stay calm and caring when their child has a melt down.  It helps children find ways of handling their own anger in a safe place.  This is an excellent book to teach children coping skills that they can use throughout their lives.  Christiane’s beautiful and lively Asian illustrations are mixed-media artwork that include paper and silk collages with realistic brush and pencil drawings.  You can visit Gail Silver  and Christiane Kromer at their websites.

Resources:  Encourage children to draw pictures about what their anger looks like.  Then ask them to draw a picture of what their anger look like when they calm down?

Every Friday, authors and KidLit bloggers post a favorite picture book.  To see a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books.

About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

26 thoughts on “Anh’s Anger – Perfect Picture Book

  1. Sounds great to do a gestalt with the anger. I am also tackling helping children with their emotions in a new DrNanaPlum series ~ similar message ~ different perspective. I think all these perspectives help parents and children learn about emotions # expressing them and controlling them! Great stuff Patricia.


  2. Pat – This is one of our absolute all-time favorite books and is one of two go-to books we recommend when someone asks about dealing with anger. The beautiful idea of accepting your anger as a normal part of who you are, and learning to be with it, sit with it, even dance with it, is such a powerful and healthy way of looking at a human emotion we all share. One of the most touching things that has happened several times in our shop has been having an adult discover Anh’s Anger and Hot Stuff to Help Kids Chill Out and when asked, is this for a special child in your life, getting the answer “No. This is for me.”

    We’ve got a free resource page on anger management that I’m hoping it is OK to share here.

    Thank you for lifting this book up. It is a gem.


    • Craig, thank you for recommending this book to me months ago. Sure, it’s fine to add your link for anger management. I searched your website looking for a way to link but only found your review. Great resource. I loved this book as it fits in with my own way of handling things. Love the Zen approach. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Pat…I love this book. What a wonderful concept and how helpful to encourage kids to draw their anger. We all get angry…and need to learn to observe it and channel it positively. I’ve shared this on Facebook…it’s a terrific choice for Perfect Picture Book Friday!


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