The friendly fish from Some Parts are Not for Sharing are back in Anger is OKAY Violence is NOT. This book describes domestic violence to young children and offers hope. Children are taught healthy ways to get anger out of their bodies and what to do when they witness adults getting anger out of their body in an unhealthy way. Julie has again taken a complex social problem and broken it down into the language of children.
Julie Federico is a former middle school counselor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in counseling and educational psychology from Indiana University. Her first book Some Parts Are Not for Sharing is a child’s first book on body safety.
Far too many children are living in homes where there is domestic violence. Julie Federico's book "Anger Is Okay, Violence Is NOT" contains a lesson that all children should learn. We all feel anger, but that there are healthy ways to let the anger out. Hurting people when you are angry and domestic violence is not okay. I highly recommend this book to parents, teachers, and mental health workers and agencies.
Review from Blue Ink Review: http://www.blueinkreview.com/reviews/view/867/srch:julie%20k.%20federico
Anger is OKAY, Violence is NOT, written by Julie Federico and illustrated by Glori Alexander, is a thoughtful, much-needed addition to pre-school teachers' and social workers' libraries. With vibrant, TV-cartoon-like illustrations and simple, direct text appropriate for even the youngest children, this picture book explores the complexity and vitality of anger, and when it is appropriately expressed and when it is not.
True emotional intelligence is something recognized and respected but rarely taught and discussed, even among adults. The goal of this worthy project is to engage children in a safe, non-threatening exploration of complicated, often-frightening feelings. Federico lets kids know that anger is normal, though managing its expression can be complicated.
Clear language and child-friendly art invite a direct, straightforward examination of when anger is appropriate and how to safely express it through art, physical activity, tears. What's not OK is hitting, biting, throwing and hurting. The book gently and clearly reminds its vulnerable audience that adults can find the journey just as tricky as children do. If an adult hurts a child or someone they love, Federico instructs her young readers that telling a trusted adult is a safe and right action for them to take. Needless to say, this is complex emotional territory, and Federico's tone is perfect: even, loving, simple, clear. Educators and caregivers may well find this a helpful tool in eliciting important.