Language Arts Correlations Reader's Theater Look Inside When things don't go right, Kanga the Kangaroo can become very angry! Sometimes he can be destructive. Kanga's mother gives him helpful anger management strategies and then Kanga is able to help his friend, Joey, with his anger. Social and emotional learning concepts include controlling anger and being friends.
The MySELF Bookshelf series is a delightful collection of illustrated stories that encourage social awareness, self-worth, and strong relationships with family and friends. These have been found to be key components in developing social and emotional learning skills at a young age. Children need to value themselves before they can truly value others. The stories in the self-worth set help children to make good decisions, to be confident, and to cope with fear, anger, sadness or negative feelings. Internationally recognized early reading author Joy Cowley served as the language arts consultant on this series designed to help develop social and emotional learning through thoughtful text and beautiful illustration. Each book contains a note to caregivers, a story coaching letter, and an online reader’s theater. Aligns with Common Core Language Arts Anchor Standards for Language Arts while teaching social and emotional learning concepts.
Kanga is an adorable kangaroo who loves to hop and play. But he also has a short temper, so when a frilled lizard walks all over Kanga’s drawings, Kanga gets angry. He chases the lizard through the yard, and Kim depicts the young marsupial scattered all over the page, scowling and shouting while an ominous shadow spreads in front of him. Kanga gets angry at Koala, too, when he falls out of a tree and ruins Kanga’s leaf pile. Both Koala and Lizard are upset and tell Kanga they can’t be friends with him if he gets so angry all the time. That makes Kanga angry again, and he smashes his mother’s flower bed. Her anger—a stretching, giant, looming red shadow that threatens to engulf little Kanga—is a little scary, but she counts to 10, calms down, and gives Kanga a reassuring hug. Learning how to control overwhelming anger is a useful exercise at any age, and Kim’s lively and colorful collage illustrations artfully and clearly depict the emotions, driving home the meaningful message.
Booklist Online, December 2014