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AMAZING MALLIKA

Author: Jami Parkison

Illustrator: Itoko Maeno

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Publisher: Marsh Media, a Division of Marsh Film Enterprises, Inc., ©1997

Material: hard cover

Summary: If you're a Bengal tiger, the first rule of hunting is be calm. That may be easy for some tigers, but not Mallika. Time and time again her hot temper gets the best of her. When her brother Ben pounced on a peacock she had rousted, she tried to push him and the bird got away. That made Mallika even angrier ... it was his fault. She went off by herself to deal with the anger and fell down into an underground room of an ancient temple. Now what? All her anger came pouring back. What could she do? This illustrated picture book talks about anger, handling your emotions, and problem solving.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, middle grade reader

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Age of Child: Shared with a 6-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: The first time we read the book, our daughter didn't like it. She was convinced we picked it out because it was a story about her. But she followed along, and even asked us to read the book again ... several nights in a row.

Adult Reader Reaction: We didn't pick the book for its theme. We picked it because of the captivating illustrations. The tigers are beautiful and Mallika is cute (yes, even when she's mad). We did, however, take the time to talk about the story, particularly the parts that show the kinds of things Mallika did to get past her anger.

Pros: This is a book that will resonate with preschoolers and kids in elementary school (Kindergarten to second grade). Parents will like how it artfully weaves in practical solutions for handling anger, too.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a good book to share when you are helping a child understand and resolve the specific emotion of anger. This would be just one of several you'd want to share.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE SAD MAD GLAD BOOK; The Anatomy of Your Attitude   JUST BEING ME #1: I'M SO MAD (JUST BEING ME)   THE OLD CLOCK ON THE WALL

Educational Themes: This is a story about understanding and dealing with anger. The story shows how being angry can create more problems, not solve them. There is a page for educators and parents in the back. It offers explanations and potential questions to share with a child. They actually seemed a little formulaic to us.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal stories, picture book, nature

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2008

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