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Reviewed by Daniel D Staats for Readers' Favorite
Tammy Fortune has authored an excellent children’s book about the hard-to-handle emotion of anger. In Alpacas Don’t Get Angry, Apollo the Alpaca feels he has been wronged and becomes angry. His friends all give him pat answers, but none of them takes time to listen to him vent his pain. Apollo feels no one cares or understands. The more his friends minimize his emotions, the angrier he becomes. As a parent/caregiver, you can help a young child learn how to handle anger constructively. The farmer comes by and listens to Apollo tell his story, validates his feelings, then advises deep breathing as a calming influence for rage. After one cools off, they need to express forgiveness. This excellent method is a traditional way to teach anyone who struggles with anger.
It is easy to see that Tammy Fortune understands emotions in her book Alpacas Don’t Get Angry. Children will love the animals in this book. Jarc Robinson does a fantastic job illustrating the various animals and depicting the emotions expressed by Apollo the Alpaca. First, Tammy shows that one has to admit their anger instead of pretending it does not exist. Second, it helps to have a compassionate person to listen to why you are angry. Third, learn controlled breathing. Last, forgive the offender. Tammy takes a psychological issue and translates it into an easy-to-understand and identify with children’s story. This book is an excellent jumping-off platform to teach children how to express their various emotions adequately. Tammy’s style of writing is entertaining and captivating.