Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry

by Bebe Moore Campbell and E.B. Lewis

Annie and her mother share an upbeat morning, with pancakes for breakfast and an... read more

Annie and her mother share an upbeat morning, with pancakes for breakfast and an exuberant mood in the air. But as she walks to school, Annie hopes that her mommy will “still [be] smiling when I come home. Sometimes my mommy doesn’t smile at all.” Annie’s fears prove true, as an angry and yelling mother meets her after school. “Her morning smile has disappeared like the sun.” Annie handles her mother’s precarious mood swings with the support of her grandma, who reminds her that “your mother has problems, and she hasn’t gotten the help she needs. Sometimes it’s hard for grown-ups to ask for help. I hope that one day she will. But your mother loves you even when she’s yelling. It’s okay for you to be angry. I know you love her too.” This rare portrayal of a child living with a parent with symptoms of mental illness focuses on validating feelings and offering coping strategies. The picture book format features full-page watercolor illustrations of brown-skinned Annie and her mother. (Ages 5–10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2004

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