Mouse was Mad

Written by Linda Urban
Illustrated by Henry Cole

For ages 0 to 6

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This book is best for:
  • managing feelings of anger
  • making inferences


Mouse finds it difficult to express his anger. He tries to copy some of the animals in the forest, but he just can’t get it right. Then he finds that his own way, being still and taking deep breaths, is the best way of all!

Mouse was Mad can be used to help children identify when they are feeling mad, as well as teach them strategies for expressing and managing angry feelings. This can also lead to a discussion on techniques that work for individual children - “what helps you to calm down when you are feeling angry?” Referring to Mouse’s behaviour in the book can be used as a prompt to help children when they are having difficulty managing their emotions - “what would Mouse do?”

The story starts off with Mouse being very angry, but we never really know what caused these feelings. This is great for working on inferencing skills - “what do you think made Mouse so mad?”

For further speech and language targets, see the list below.

Book Details

Narrative Structure: Abbreviated Episode

Story Plot: Character Flaw

  • animals
  • emotions

Speech and Language Targets

Speech Sounds:
  • /h/ - hop, hare, how, who, he, his, Hedgehog, heard
  • /m/ - mouse, mad, mucky, mud, stomp, scream, from, came, time
  • /r/ - really, roll, ridiculous, right, results
  • /s/ - mouse, ridiculous, whistle,
  • /s/ blends - stopped, stomp, standing, still, splish, splosh, splash, scream
  • copula (was)
  • verbs (hop, stomp, scream, roll, stand, breathe)
  • inferencing (e.g. why might mouse be mad?)
  • descriptive concepts (shape - sphere)
  • temporal concepts (now)
  • emotions
  • sequencing
  • resolution
  • direct character speech
  • repetition for emphasis
Book Info

Published by Sandpiper in 2009 (ISBN: 9780547727509)

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