Due to requests from teachers and librarians asking for a read-alouds to share with students while they’re at home, I’ve created a storytime playlist on my YouTube channel, which will remain up at least through June 30th, 2021 – please feel free to share the link with your students. If you have further questions about online sharing of my books, please see the statement from my literary agent on my Info page. Thank you!
“What appears to be a simple story upon first glance actually offers uncomplicated yet practical remedies for helping a child deal with a strong emotion.” – Booklist (Starred Review)
“‘Allie’s crayon broke. I blinked.
She was suddenly . . . furious, fuming, frustrated and so, so SO ANGRY!”
Poor Allie! She’s in a rage, throwing a tantrum, a fuss and a fit. Is there a little girl hiding under all those angry layers? And can her big brother find a way to make things all right again?
Many thanks to Lori Hill of Barrows Elementary School in Reading, MA, for creating the initial version of this activity!
Here are some beautiful examples of student work created at the Barrows School and at the Wood End school, just before an author visit:
If you’re looking for non-worksheet options, Joanne Toh (@theplayjournals on Instagram) has created two wonderful activities related to ALLIE that can be used at home or in the classroom! Check out these lovely ideas (as well as all of her wonderful other posts!):
This angry-layers activity has two images – click the arrow in the photo below:
The calm-down basket she put together here incorporates lots more coping mechanisms to help little ones with big feelings:
“…The artistic rendering of Allie as a color-changing monster is a multidimensional way of visually representing anger to young children while giving them skills to cope and eventually learn to calm themselves. Reul uses language economically, making this ideal for the audience but still powerful enough for discussing emotions at any age. VERDICT: A solid addition to the canon of books helping young children address social and emotional learning.” – School Library Journal
“Sarah Lynne Reul’s illustrations are brilliantly evocative of each mood as Allie cools down, and the language she uses provides readers with a veritable thesaurus of vocabulary words for angry feelings: “ferocious,” “fierce,” irritable.” … Children who are still trying to find words for their own powerful feelings will love seeing Allie’s moods reflected in colors and should even pick up a few anger management tips from her wise, loving older brother.” – Shelf Awareness
“Wow! What can you say about a book that perfectly describes what it feels like when you’re so, so angry!” Review on Literacious blog
“…I could continue to laud different aspects of Reul’s book, like the loving relationship portrayed between siblings, but I will just say that it is worth reading to kids who get angry. And what kid doesn’t?” – Review on Glass of Wine, Glass of Milk blog