Anger is a normal emotion, but one that can be difficult to learn to control. The picture book Liz Tames A Dragon (and her anger) will help children find healthy ways to manage their angry feelings. In the story, Liz finds that sharing life with a sister isn't always easy. She becomes so angry that her anger morphs her into a fire-breathing dragon. Liz is certain that her sister has cast a magic spell until she realizes only she has the power to tame this dragon. Watercolor illustrations by artist Jeanne Seagle capture the character’s anger, confusion, and cooperative actions that lead to peacemaking.

An Activity Guide for Parents and Child Therapists by Marlo Carney Zarzaur, Ed.D., includes art, games and activities that will help kids learn how to verbalize their emotions and recognize physical cues of anger. “A children’s book that is not only fun to read but also therapeutic in nature is a real treasure,” says Susan Elswick EdD, LCSW, LSSW. “Teaching our young children about the importance of emotional literacy, understanding emotions in themselves and others, and learning healthier ways to manage their emotions will increase the chances for successful outcomes in the future.”

Author Stephanie Painter holds an M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Memphis. She writes about child development and family issues for parenting publications. To purchase Liz Tames a Dragon (and her anger), click  the "Buy Now" button to the left. Retail price is $13.95.

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