"She runs and runs and runs until she can't run anymore."
Bookworm's interest at 21 months: Although the lesson here is aimed at an older child, he did enjoy as I read this to him. He's just starting to understand frowns and smiles as representations of happy and sad (and mad), so he found Sophie's frowning face somewhat amusing. Or at least, he found my imitation and explanation of her frowning face amusing.
Parent's Peeve: I have mixed feelings. My first thought was that I didn't like the idea that a child should run away from home and into a wooded area alone when angry. As a city dweller now (and the parent of such a young child), it's difficult to imagine allowing my children that freedom, which I know I had when younger. I took a peek at amazon's customer reviews to see if I was alone in my thinking, and reviews are mixed, because of the same concern. The last page poses a question (nearly missed, beneath the author 's dedication): "When Sophie gets angry, she runs out and climbs her favorite tree. Different people handle anger in different ways. What do you do when you get angry?" I can see this being a very useful tool for having these conversations with children, particularly those prone to angry outbursts. So I'd recommend reading this together if at all.