Teaching Children To Navigate Difficult Emotions
“A Winning Series”- Publishers Weekly
Yoga Child, Founder, Gail Silver, E-RYT, Jd, is the author of Mindful Bea and The Worry Tree, (Magination Press 2019) and the award winning Anh’s Anger children’s book series, published by Parallax Press. The books in this three part series teach mindfulness practices to children through imaginative story based fiction. These stories have been recognized by School Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, The New Yorker, and and have received acclaim from many others as a “must have” tool to help children navigate difficult emotions. Learn the story behind the stories in The Children’s Book Review interview with, author Gail Silver and inquire about scheduling an author visit for your school or library. To learn more about author events with Gail Silver and mindfulness books for children, visit gailsilver.com.
Recipient of The Skipping Stones Honor Award for Multicultural Awareness.
This wonderful and engaging story gives children and caregivers a concrete practice for dealing with anger and other difficult emotions. In Anh’s Anger, five-year-old Anh becomes enraged when his grandfather asks him to stop playing and come to the dinner table. The grandfather helps Anh fully experience all stages of anger by suggesting that he go to his room and, “sit with his anger.” The story unfolds when Anh discovers what it means to sit with his anger. He comes to know his anger in the first person as his anger comes to life in full color and personality. Anh and his anger work through feelings together with humor and honesty to find a way to constructively release their thoughts and emotions and to reach resolve with Anh’s grandfather.
Steps and Stones: An Anh’s Anger Story
When Anh, an easy to relate to elementary school boy, is left out at recess, his anger shows up to keep him company. Anger, personified as a red, hairy impulsive creature, has some ideas about how to best express himself, but Anh has other ideas, and is able to slow down and take his anger for a peaceful and magically transformative walk.
Peace, Bugs, and Understanding: An Adventure in Sibling Harmony
It’s not always easy having a sibling. In this third installment of the Anh’s Anger series, Anh is all grown up and is enjoying a picnic with his daughters. Lily, the older of the two, lashes out her younger sister, Ruby who “always ruins everything.” Thanks to some preplanning on Dad’s part, Lily gets absorbed in a wonderful book, the story of her great grandfather’s encounter with a strange looking frog-like creature called Anger. The precious old journal takes us back to the final pages of Anh’s Anger where Lily discovers Metta, a technique that has helped people transform anger into loving kindness for thousands of years.