Unpacking Big Emotions with ‘Badgie & Ming and the Angry Tent’

Unpacking Big Emotions with ‘Badgie & Ming and the Angry Tent’

Badgie & Ming and the Angry Tent

Author: Julia Inserro

Illustrator: Miro Tartan

Publisher: Three Bean Press

Book cover featuring a flamingo helping a badger build a tent. Unpacking Big Emotions with 'Badgie & Ming and the Angry Tent'

Assembling An Angry Tent

In ‘Badgie & Ming and the Angry Tent‘, Ming, the pink flamingo, notices Badgie, the badger, setting up a tent and wonders what he’s up to. Badgie explains that he’s building an angry tent because he is mad. Ming patiently watches and offers to talk things out, but Badgie doesn’t feel like talking. Instead, Ming offers to lend a hand and quietly passes him a stone. As they work, Badgie explains that when he’s angry, he hides away in a tent until he cools down.

“So what do you do in your angry tent?”

“I go in it when my feelings get too big then I sit and wait for them to get smaller.”

Badgie & Ming and the Angry Tent by Julia Inserro and Miro Tartan

Ming sits down and waits for Badgie to feel less angry, checking in every once in a while. After some breathing exercises, Badgie begins to feel a little better and Ming offers him a snack.

The ending is sweet so I don’t want to spoil it, but Badgie and Ming will give children a little chuckle just as the story comes to a close.

Book pages with flamingo asking questions and badger being angry. Unpacking Big Emotions with 'Badgie & Ming and the Angry Tent'

Feel Feelings in a Safe Space

Badgie and Ming demonstrate some simple strategies for caring for your own mental health. Little ones will see that it’s okay to find a safe space and sit with your feelings for a while. In ‘Badgie & Ming and the Angry Tent’, they’ll familiarize themselves with the practise of deep-breathing, a meditation technique used to cope with intense emotions and feel more in control.

A Guide To Managing Emotions

‘Badgie & Ming and the Angry Tent’ will not only help children learn to cope with their feelings, but also acts as a guide for parents. Through Julia Inserro’s clear and simple story, children will not only see that it’s okay to take space to feel their feelings, but parents will gain a better understanding of how to react in these difficult situations. In Miro Tartan’s adorable illustrations, they’ll see Ming reacting in calm and caring ways, just by being there by Badgie’s side.

Book pages flamingo juggling apples and badger taking deep breaths.

Final Thoughts

Badgie & Ming and the Angry Tent‘ is a fantastic resource for helping children unpack big emotions. Parents will appreciate the simple story that also acts as a guide for these difficult situations and children will appreciate the adorable illustrations and fun storyline. A must-have on your bookshelf for helping little ones learn to self-regulate and care for their own mental health.

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