Mad, Mad Bear!

Mad, Mad Bear! illus. by Kimberly Gee. 40p. S. & S./Beach Lane. Oct. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481449717.
Toddler-PreS–A young bear becomes extremely upset as he remembers how his mother made him leave the park while everyone else got to stay and have fun. After tripping on the sidewalk, he then "had to take off his boots and leave his favorite stick outside." Oh, the injustice of it all! Alone in his room, the toddler has a full-blown tantrum, pushes over a chair, and sends his teddy bear flying. Once his fury is spent, the cub begins to relax. After lunch and a nap, he is recharged and ready to play outside again. The black Prismacolor and digitally colored illustrations have clear clean lines and portray a toddler still in diapers—as evidenced by the snaps on his pants—who has a meltdown. The fact that this very young bear was able to calm himself down and let the anger go is an important lesson in this charming episode.
VERDICT Pair this with Molly Bang's When Sophie Gets AngryReally, Really Angry to introduce another method of dealing with anger and finding peace.

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