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1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title - this is NOT suitable for home use, 2 April 2011
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This review is from: A Volcano in My Tummy: Helping Children to Handle Anger: A Resource Book for Parents, Caregivers and Teachers (Paperback)
To give a bit of context I'm a Clinical Psychologist. I have 2 small children aged 7 and 5. Neither of them has anger "problems" but, like all humans, they get angry from time to time. I don't make a major issue out of feelings but I like to help my children understand what they're experiencing - it validates them and gives them more chance to express their feelings in helpful rather than destructive ways. There are several emotional books I have at home that are colourful and build narratives around sets of feelings that little children can identify with (It's Not Fair (Your Feelings)I Feel Sad (Your Emotions)). As this book specifically states it is a resource for parents I thought I'd be getting something along those lines again.

Goodness me I can't imagine why they would advertise this as a resource for parents. If you have a seriously angry child I cannot see how they are going to tolerate sitting down with you and reading the dull, patronising vignettes and do school-type "exercises" with you. I can barely imagine professional therapists wading through this.

Another gripe is that this seems to be written for children at the end of junior school or early on in high school. The title of "a volcano in my tummy", along with the basic drawing to me hinted at a younger age group which is why I bought it.

Overall I felt that this was misadvertised and I am heartily disappointed with it - I will not be using it with my children.
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Initial post: 10 Oct 2011 17:50:56 BDT
janey says:
Thank you for you feedback on 'a volcano in my tummy' i nearly flushed 6.99 down the toilet!my 8 year old son has attatchment issues and is very aggressive at home and in school! my son refuses to follow the school curriculum,so i cannot imagine him sitting down with me doing 'school type exercises'.Thanks again.

Posted on 20 Jan 2013 14:48:48 GMT
G. Barlow says:
Like you, I assumed from the title and the front cover illustration that this would be suitable for small children. Working in a Nursery attached to a Primary school I thought it might be helpful, but you have saved me the cost and postage!
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