- 32 pages
- Premium Color
- 7.0 x 10.0 inches
- Early Childhood (under 7 yrs old)
- 978-1-4602-3645-1 Paperback
- Family & Relationships, Anger
- Family & Relationships, Emotions
- Juvenile Fiction, Social Issues, Emotions & Feelings
Anger, Aggression, Bad Days, Children, Frustration, Managing Emotions, Teaching nonviolence
Calvin Can...Be Angry
Calvin's day does not start out the way he wants. He is so angry! What can he do with his "angry"? Mama (his grandmother) offers some positive ideas to help Calvin process his feelings and change his behavior. How will this change his day?
The lesson of this book is an incredibly valuable one that both children (and, or perhaps especially, their adult caregivers!) will greatly benefit from.
The lesson of this book is an incredibly valuable one that both children (and, or perhaps especially, their adult caregivers!) will greatly benefit from. The story isn't about Calvin learning that being angry isn't o.k. – rather, he learns that he can move through the emotion and into a more peaceful state without resorting to or relying on aggression to do so. Mama helps Calvin understand the potential consequences of acts done in anger by encouraging him to think for himself about what might happen, not by scolding and lecturing him. This is a teachable moment in non-escalation (for caregivers) as well as in independent thought (for kids).
Sarah Stewart, Editor, Children’s books
Judy Edward is the wise grandmother every child should have. As she did with the first book in the series, Calvin Can Be Happy, she wraps young Calvin in loving acceptance and makes it safe for him to work through his emotions. This time it is that fierce demon we all hold inside and that explodes as anger. Mama helps Calvin re-route his angry feelings in a way that makes him feel heard and understood. Everyone who loves a child or works with them in any setting will want this book, to share over and over.
Cathryn Wellner, Professional Storyteller
School Librarian (retired),
Blogger: Catching Courage, Crossroads, StoryRoute
This Gives Me Hope
Judy lives in Kelowna BC and spends a great deal of her time learning about life and love from her five year old grandson Calvin.