"Young Al has a dragon in his pocket. When the boy gets angry, he says, Kanga, the dragon, “breathes fire into my head and belly”—a wonderful way to describe how fuzzy one’s thinking can get and how uncomfortable one’s stomach can feel when anger takes over... Overall, the concepts and the visualization of the dragon, are excellent and will appeal to readers who have trouble coping with emotional challenges. The illustrations are simplistic, and characters’ proportions are more free-form than lifelike, but the book’s seek-and-find aspect, which encourages children to locate Kanga on each page, will delight readers on the younger end of its target audience...Thought-provoking questions, fun activities, and insightful imagery mark this book as one that may be particularly useful in schools."
Kanga, My Dragon of Anger: A book about Anger (Building Resilience) (Volume 1)
Doctor Harmony, author
Meet Al and his pet dragon, Kanga, who roars when Al is raging and angry. Al finds it hard to control his temper and explodes whenever he is frustrated. Find out what makes Al scream and shout. Discover how Al controls Kanga and his temper in this fun, rhyming educational book. Can you find Kanga hiding on each page? Kids, try out the fun activities in the back of the book to learn more about dealing with Kanga, the angry dragon. There is also a useful adults page at the end of the book to guide discussion with children about anger and managing it in constructive ways. "Kanga, My Dragon of Anger" is one of four books in The Building Resilience picture book series. This series gives children, teachers and parents advice on how to deal with common situations and uncomfortable feelings. It also encourages parent-child discussion about difficult topics. Some topics (feelings and even common life events such as death) are traditionally taboo or are challenging for adults to talk about. If adults are uncomfortable talking about issues or feelings, it is even more difficult for children to discuss them or to know how to effectively cope with situations.This range of books opens the communication pathways, in a fun way, and helps children and adults face matters without shame, embarrassment or stigma.