Sam's Pet Temper

Category: Book
Illustrated By: Arbona, Marion
By (author): Bhadra, Sangeeta
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Canadian
  JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics / General (see also headings under Family)
Audience: children/juvenile
Awards: Blue Spruce Award, Ontario Library Association (2016) Short-listed
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Published: September 2014
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 32
Size: 10.26in x 9.30in x 0.50in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*The hero of this picture book, Sam, has to wait for everything on the playground one day, and this makes him mad. "He got madder and madder until he was the maddest he had ever been in his whole life." And then, suddenly, an unusual thing appears. It runs around, shoving and tripping and pinching and stomping, until all the other children have run away. "It was hanging upside down from the monkey bars, grinning at him. Sam had never seen anything like it before, but he knew what it was. It was a Temper." At first, having a pet Temper is fun. But before long, the Temper starts causing trouble for Sam. And eventually, Sam comes to the realization that his Temper is something he needs to learn to control. This funny but poignant title by Sangeeta Bhadra offers a perfect representation of just how frustrated and angry small children can get when circumstances in their lives make them feel helpless. Though never heavy-handed, Bhadra also manages to convey what the consequences can be when that anger takes over a child's behavior. The quirky yet stunning illustrations by Marion Arbona keep the emotional focus on the Temper, as a way to help children identify that their anger is not who they are. The emphasis on feelings makes this a terrific tie-in for character education lessons on self-discipline and taking responsibility for your actions, as well as on patience and perseverance when solving your own problems.
From The Publisher*Sam is so frustrated waiting his turn at the playground that a Temper shows up. Within seconds, the beastly, wild thing clears the place, and Sam happily plays alone with his new pet. But his Temper follows him everywhere, causing more and more trouble, until Sam realizes he needs to put a stop to it. How is the question ? Kids will laugh at the relatable situations, while parents and teachers will enjoy the chance to talk about pet Tempers and ways to tame them.