The Book Review
Emotional intelligence is a skill that can be difficult to learn but is vital to daily life. Angry Octopus: A Relaxation Story by Lori Lite helps teach young readers how to relax through progressive muscular relaxation.
We meet an Octopus who lives on the ocean floor. He has a fairly typical day of waking up when the sun rises and taking a peek out at the beautiful ocean. Unfortunately, one day the exterior of his home has been completely destroyed! This makes him mad (and honestly, wouldn’t we all be a little mad at that?), but he lets his emotions take over him. He loses his temper and flares with anger and frustration. Lucky for him, a sea child happens to swim by and offers him help him learn how to calm down.
She teaches him how to be the boss of his own anger through deep breathing, muscular tensing and relaxation, and a dash of friendship.
These tools are fantastic. Through years of counseling and education, I have learned this can be a great tool for anger and anxiety. It’s one of many tools that can help you regain your ground again. Using this book as an educational tool is a great way to teach young readers how to maintain control of themselves when their feelings get too big.
This book is full of beautiful illustrations from under the sea which pairs perfectly with this relaxing, educational tale. I highly recommend picking up this book for our kids, classes, or family to enjoy as a fun but educational read.
Four out of five stars!
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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