Ravi’s Roar

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9781408892169

Bloomsbury

September 2019

ISBN 9781408892183

Imprint: Bloomsbury Children’s Books

RRP: $14.99

This is another of Tom Percival’s splendid picture books which help children to understand and self-regulate their emotions.

Many of us (educators) are finding it increasingly challenging to help children to identify and manage their own emotional issues (which also seem to be increasing – or is that just me?). So books such as this present an ideal way to lead into discussions in a gentle but open and clear way which in turn can assist us in guiding these small humans into ways that will help them adjust to situations without recourse to outbursts.

Of course, this is a topic which is of concern to many but Tom’s books enable us to enter into discussions without pointing the finger at anyone in particular and engender solutions for dealing with such emotions/feelings.

Most young children will readily identify that rising temper whether their own is extreme or not and will most likely offer triggers and solutions for such.

Ravi is the youngest and the smallest in his family and when one ‘catastrophe’ after another occurs his emotions implode and he becomes a raging tiger. While that may be solving problems in the short term, as others are intimidated by him, he soon learns that no one really wants to be friends with a vicious roaring tiger.

The trick is to find a way to manage such situations with an approach that will both resolve the anger and provide a way forward to better management and resolution.

Love this book and can think of several children for whom it will be of benefit – as well as some very frazzled teachers.

Highly recommended for both young readers and also teachers facing some difficult charges.

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