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Mouse Was Mad Paperback – March 20, 2012
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2—When readers meet Mouse, he is furious. First he is "hopping mad," but expert Hare informs him that he is not hopping properly and shows him the correct moves. On the animated spreads that follow, Bear, Bobcat, and Hedgehog demonstrate how to be "stomping," "screaming," and "rolling-around-on-the ground" mad. However, each time Mouse tries to imitate them, he finds himself sprawled in a mud puddle. It is not until he is "standing-still mad" and none of the others can best his motionless stance that he begins to feel better. Through playful language and expressive watercolors with colored pencil and ink, this story about anger management proves to be both entertaining and therapeutic. Just like the heroine in Molly Bang's When Sophie Gets Angry—Really, Really Angry… (Scholastic, 1999), Mouse finds his own way through his ire and, in the process, may help a few youngsters get a handle on their own.—Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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"Urban unfurls the gentle ‘be true to yourself’ moral perfectly, with plenty of funny dialogue, overplayed reaction and the enduring appeal of the tiny hero. Cole’s terrific watercolors reflect Mouse’s emotional growth in spreads and spots brimming with movement. Who knew standing still could be so dramatic? Well-pitched for preschoolers just learning social skills, this would be equally excellent for family reading, classrooms and storytimes."—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review
“Through playful language and expressive watercolors with colored pencil and ink, this story about anger management proves to be both entertaining and therapeutic. . . . Mouse finds his own way through his ire and, in the process, may help a few youngsters get a handle on their own.”—School Library Journal
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My daughter is the sweetest darling in the world, but when she is mad, she is REALLY mad. She has a volatile temper and when she gets upset, she really flips. She becomes an entirely different person and hits and bites and has huge tantrums. We are working with her on dealing with her emotions in a positive way and this book has helped us tremendously. After only reading it one time, she understood the message.
Mouse is mad, and his friends all have different ways of dealing with their angry feelings. Mouse tries them all but nothing works for him. Finally he figures out his own way of dealing with his feelings, which is standing as still as he can and taking deep breaths. Not screaming, stomping, rolling on the floor, etc. After standing still a while (and receiving praise from his friends on his concentration) he realizes he isn't mad anymore.
Now when my daughter starts getting upset we ask, "What does Mouse do?" and she takes a breath and is very still. It really helps her to calm down and give herself a minute to think. If she's freaking out we can ask, "Does Mouse do that?" and she'll shake her head 'no' and then start making herself calm down. A lot of times we breathe and be still with her to help her focus. She is learning and getting better and better each time.