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 Fergal and the bad temper
 Author: Starling, Robert

 Publisher:  Imprint (2019)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [26] p., col. ill., 27 cm

 BTSB No: 844390 ISBN: 9781250198624
 Ages: 3-6 Grades: K-1

 Dragons -- Fiction
 Temper -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

Fergal the dragon has trouble controlling his temper, but after one really fiery day, his mom shows him a trick on how to cool down.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.00
   Points: .5   Quiz: 510130

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 04/01/2019 Dragons are famous hotheads, and young Fergal—a goggle-eyed cutie with tiny wings—is a good little guy, except when he has to do something he doesn’t want to do, like eat all his veggies before dessert or play goalie in a soccer game. Then anger sets in, turning his golden snout a bright red, and he breathes fire on whatever is thwarting him, leaving its incinerated remains in his wake. The eye-popping acrylic, gouache, and digital-media illustrations provide lots of fire, smoke, and cinders, along with comic details. Unfortunately for Fergal, his explosive temper tantrums get him into trouble and cause his friends to avoid him, until a heart-to-heart with his mother helps him to handle his anger. Once the dragon understands that this fiery feeling can be kept in check, he begins noticing how other animals manage their frustrations: for instance, Hare runs off his anger and Wolf howls at the moon. A useful, relatable lesson, enchantingly told. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 08/09/2019 PreS-K-When Fergal the dragon gets angry, he snorts fire, often incinerating the things that are upsetting him, and not making him feel any better. At first, his friends and family are patient with his outbursts, but soon his friends have had enough. His mother teaches him the trick that she uses when she gets upset, and he decides to try it the next time he loses his temper. Happily, he finds that taking his mother's advice helps him curb his outbursts, and he begins to notice the tricks others use to calm themselves when they get steamed. This book is ideal for preschoolers who are learning about patience and managing their feelings; it models how to discuss bad tempers without punishing or condemning children for losing their cool. The easy, repetitive language, coupled with friendly illustrations reminiscent of Emily Gravett's Again!, makes this an accessible and engaging read for young children. VERDICT This is a helpful book to have on hand for families working on teaching calming techniques to their children.-Mary Lanni, formerly at Denver Public Library - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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