Alpacas Don't Get Angry

Children - Picture Book
31 Pages
Reviewed on 08/29/2021
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Author Biography

Tammy Fortune is a tutor and author of educational resources who loves helping kids learn to read. She has a degree in education and specialized training in methods to help students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Her passion for helping kids reach their potential stems from parenting two amazing kids who faced some very special learning challenges. Her first children’s picture book, published in March of 2020, has won multiple awards for school issues, special needs/disability awareness, and first-time author.

    Book Review

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.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

We all get frustrated from time to time and we all have a spark of anger that can ignite. We might be the most agreeable person on the planet most of the time, but someone bumps us, pushes us out of the way, or any number of contrary actions and we can suddenly become very angry. That’s what happened to Apollo the alpaca. When his friend, Lucy Llama, pushed Apollo aside during play, Apollo was very angry. In fact, he was so angry, he had difficulty expressing himself to his other friends so they would believe him. Finally, the farmer gave Apollo some sage advice and Apollo learned how to deal with his anger issues. You see, even alpacas need anger management skills.

Tammy Fortune’s picture book story, Alpacas Don’t Get Angry, is a fun way to teach young readers about anger management. Don’t let the title fool you; it’s actually an oxymoron, a contradiction of the actual fact, because alpacas, as well as every other living creature, do get angry from time to time. Told in rhyming verse and with beautiful colorful illustrations, the plot follows Apollo’s confrontation which sets off his anger. The author uses varying fonts to help make parts of the story more expressive. Not only does this gem of a book teach young readers about anger and how to deal with it, but it also addresses important issues like forgiveness, a fundamental tool in anger management skills. This is a fun and educational read.

Astrid Iustulin

Anger is not a good feeling, but if you do not know how to calm down, it could grow more and more. This is what happened to Apollo the Alpaca, the protagonist of Alpacas Don't Get Angry, a delightful story written by Tammy Fortune. One day, Apollo is gleefully playing in the sun when Lucy Llama inadvertently spoils his fun. Apollo gets very angry, especially because Lucy did not realize what she did. Many animals try to calm Apollo down, but all they say is, "Alpacas don't get angry." Hearing those words over and over again, Apollo gets even angrier. Fortunately, the farmer has the right solution for him - and us.

What an instructive and entertaining tale Alpacas Don't Get Angry is! Talking about anger to children is not easy, but Tammy Fortune has found the right way. She has given us a great lesson on how to deal with anger and how to help an angry person who cannot calm down. It is not enough to repeat to someone not to get angry; if they (be it an alpaca or a human being) cannot relax by themselves, it is necessary to explain how to do it. The farmer's words to Apollo are wise, and his advice is very useful. I have already tried it myself, and the result is magnificent. I recommend you read Alpacas Don't Get Angry and discover the best way to calm down and help other people control their anger. This is a book that should be read to children and also recommended for adults.