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Book Review: Scowl

Tiger Tales Books Presents:A great story for kids to learn about emotions.




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Title: Scowl
Author: Steve Smallman
Illustrator: Richard Watson
Publisher: Tiger Tales Books
Ages: 3 to 7
ISBN: 9781589251557

Review:

Everyone can have a bad day from time to time. But, what could the problem be if you were having a bad day every day?

Scowl is an owl who sits alone on his grumpy branch. In Cupcake Wood, it is usually a dreamy, sunny kind of day. All of the other animals in Cupcake Wood were happy and busy singing, reading, and scampering about. Scowl, on the other hand, continued to sit on his grumpy branch. On fowl weather days the animals all seemed to make do and be happy, but not Scowl. He just complained. The animals thought they could cheer him up.

You can wear my Happy Hat!” said Birdy and she twittered, plunking it on Scowl's head. “Get lost!” said Scowl.

The other animals tried singing to him and Bear tried to give him a hug. But Scowl just wanted to be left alone. What do you think would happen if Birdy returned the same sentiment as Scowl? You might be surprised of the outcome.

Author Steve Smallman and illustrator Richard Watson have presented a story that teaches young readers to be kind to one another. Colorful illustrations show a happy community and engages young readers who can learn animals, colors, shapes and most importantly who is happy and who is sad or in this case, grumpy. Parents and teachers will be able to open up dialogue with young readers to discuss emotions. Simple sentences with emphasis on some oversized words make for a fun and easy read. This is also a great read-aloud story for classroom environments.


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