Steps and Stones by Gail Silver
An Anh's Anger Story

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When Anh’s friends leave and he feels left out at school, his anger shows up to keep him company. Anh the protagonist of Gail Silver’s previous book Anh’s Anger, is a typical and easy-to-relate-to elementary school-age boy. His anger, personified as a red hairy impulsive creature, teaches him some valuable lessons about not getting carried away by his strong emotions. By counting his steps and coordinating them with his breathing Anh is able to slow down and take his anger for a peaceful and magically transformative walk.

Reach and Teach.com called Anh’s Anger, “One of the best books we’ve ever seen on the issue of dealing with anger.” The New Yorker review highlighted how the book uses “deep breathing… to regain control during a tantrum.” And Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh calls the Anh’s Anger series, “a wonderful gift for both children and adults who want to learn how to turn unhappy situations into joyful ones.”

Steps and Stones the second of the Anh’s Anger Story trilogy will help children learn to understand the causes of their own strong emotions, and teaches them peaceful ways to resolve difficulties through mindfulness and meditation. An invaluable tool for parents and teachers alike.

Steps and Stones is beautifully illustrated by New York artist and children’s book illustrator Christiane Krömer. Using a mix of paper, acrylic, cardboard, and found materials, her vibrant multi-textured collages reflect the connection between the characters and their environment and echo the wide range of emotions that come together in the story.

Gail Silver writes: “If, at an early age, children become comfortable with identifying and articulating their anger, then they can feel confident working through anger in healthy ways during their adolescent years. There is a lot of adolescent violence in the news today. I am overwhelmed with pain and sadness every time I hear of an adolescent using a gun. While these teens are deeply troubled and have many problems, unresolved anger plays a part in their difficulty. I hope these books can be used as a preventative resource. We can only practice what we know or what we are willing to learn. My hope is that the Anh’s Anger stories can contribute to a decrease in adolescent aggression and violence by teaching children at an early age how to safely understand and express their anger.”
 

About Gail Silver

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Gail Silver is the founder of Yoga Child, a Philadelphia-based program that develops curriculum for school-based yoga and mindfulness programs. She is the author of Anh's Anger and it's sequel, Steps and Stones, and a contributing writer to The Expectant Mother's Guide. Silver lives in Philadelphia with her husband and three children.Christiane Krömer was born in Germany where she studied toy design and graphic design. She received a BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design. She is the illustrator of Flowergirl Butterflies (a Capitol Choices "Noteworthy Book for Children 2004") and Steps and Stones. Krömer lives in Brooklyn, NY.
 
Published November 8, 2011 by Plum Blossom Books. 38 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Self Help. Non-fiction

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He reminds Anh that he “always show[s] up when things aren’t going your way.” This personification of Anger fills Anh’s head with negative thoughts, but Anh resists its goading and begins to walk slowly.

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed In Anh's Anger, a young boy befriends his anger and is pulled out of a dark mood.

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(Oct.) Gail Silver, is the founder of Philadelphia's Yoga Child, where she teaches yoga and mindfulness classes for adults and children as well as birth preparation programs for expectant parents.

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Red Room

Gail Silver, is the founder of Philadelphia's Yoga Child, where she teaches yoga and mindfulness classes for adults and children as well as birth preparation programs for expectant parents.

Sep 15 2011 | Read Full Review of Steps and Stones: An Anh's An...

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