Book Review: Anh’s Anger

Book to help kids understand and process anger

By Kayla Rochelle February 7, 2024

Recommended ages 4 - 8 years

Being a kid is hard. There are so many feelings to process, and emotions to understand and regulate. For all kids, at times those emotions get the best of them causing them further frustration. When I spotted ‘Anh’s Anger’ by Gail Silver, I was immediately intrigued. This is one of the best books I’ve come across to help a child not only understand their anger but to develop ways to work with that anger. 

Gail Silver is the founder of a Philadelphia-based organization that teaches yoga and mindfulness to school-age children. Her experience is brought to life with the gorgeous multi-media illustrations by Christiane Kromer and a story of a little boy who's trying to process it all. Anh becomes angry when he is told it’s time to stop playing, and soon his anger spirals out of control. While in his room anger comes to visit him, and ultimately teaches him it isn’t best to avoid his anger, but instead to sit with it and breathe. The visual representation of anger makes emotions feel tangible. Anger is not a scary monster, or an enemy for Anh but a part of him who wants to help him overcome. Shortly after reading this book together, I heard my 2.5-year old taking some deep breaths while playing. She explained she was frustrated with her toys and needed breathing to help. Just like this, the concept from this book leaped off the page and into real life. I know that the emotional rollercoaster of childhood is a long one but having books that can provide tools towards understanding will go a very long way. 

Hello, my name is Kayla! I’m a wife, mother to a 2.5-year-old girl, a family photographer over at Kayla Rochelle Photography and a lover of all things children’s books. As a young girl, the only place I was allowed to go without my parents was the library, so I’d pedal my independent heart out with an empty backpack and return home with a heavy load eager to get right to reading. My love of books and libraries never quite waned and it’s a love I hope to pass along to my daughter. I’m excited to share stories that have touched our family and to introduce to you books that I hope your children will love just as much as mine. 

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