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Sam’s Pet Temper

Written By: Sangeeta Bhadra
Illustrated By: Marion Arbona


Sam’s Pet Temper

Sam has a new pet. It’s a TEMPER, and he found it on the playground. At first, the temper is great company. But before long, it becomes hard to handle, and Sam starts to wish it would leave him alone. One dreadful day, the Temper takes things TOO FAR, and Sam knows he has to do something…”

Rating: 5 *****

A wonderful and lighthearted book about how kids can get angry and what they can do when that happens.

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The Forgiveness Garden

By Lauren Thompson


The Forgiveness Garden
Reviewed by Children’s Book List

Two children from separate, long-feuding villages decide to put aside their hatred and build a forgiveness garden to bridge the gap between their communities and end the cycle of violence.

Rating: 4 ****

This book is based on a real-life forgiveness garden but doesn’t explain the concept very well. It does bridge well a transition to speak to children about world conflict but remains very abstract.

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Sometimes I’m Bombaloo

By Rachel Vail

Sometimes I’m Bombaloo

When little Katie loses her temper, she becomes Bombaloo. Being Bombaloo is scary, but a little time-out and a lot of love can help calm Bombaloo down and help Katie feel like Katie again.

Rating: *****

It’s good for kids to know that it’s okay to be angry and that that is a normal feeling. This book does a great job showing this. After we read this my son pretended to be Bombaloo for several days.

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Trade In Mother

By Marisabina Russo

Trade-In Mother

Max is tired of having his mother say “no” to everything he wants to do. When he threatens to trade her in for a mother who lets him wear dirty shirts, who never forgets to buy Chunky-O’s cereal, and who hates string beans as much as he does, his mother sagely comments that she would never trade him in.

Rating: ***

As a mom it’s hard to read stories where the child hates the mom. It all works out in the end, but it still hurts.

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