Bilingual picture book suitable for paired reading leads children to discuss negative emotions
Joy, anger, sadness and happiness are present in our everyday life. Because of the lack of vocabulary and self-control, young children may not be able to express their feelings well and hence turn to tantrums to vent their emotions or to get their parents fulfil what they want. To help children and parents acquire better emotion management, a team of YWCA professional social workers worked with an illustrator to publish "Angry Croissant", a children picture book about "anger". Through interesting story and paired reading, we encourage parents and children to deal with their emotions positively.
"Angry Croissant" is a story about Bull, the baker, who got mad when his croissant baking went wrong. Parents can make use of the discussion questions and tips in the book to guide their children how to boost their mood and release anger in adversity. Non-Chinese students can enjoy the story too, as it is written in both Chinese and English. The book also comes with stickers of Bull’s different expression, which assist children to express their emotions while reading.
To let parents better understand the benefits picture books and paired reading can bring to children, the Association held an online book launch cum seminar recently, attracting almost 200 parents, teachers, and social workers. Ms. Elsa Hung, a registered social worker and play therapist; Ms. Katty Lai, a clinical psychologist; Ms. Pauline Young, a storyteller, and Ms. Teresa Chan, the illustrator of "Angry Croissant" were invited to share their experience in dealing with children's negative emotions and the skills of parent-child reading.