When Sophie's feelings are really, really hurt (#0822MV4)

by Bang, Molly

7 reviews & awards | 6 full-text reviews

Hardcover The Blue Sky Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2015
Price: USD 17.62
Description: 34 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Dewey: -E-; Audience: Lower Elementary; Reading Level: 2.3
AR 2.8 LG .5 178065EN; RC 1.6 1; LEX AD490L
From the publisher: Grades Pre-K/K-3; Ages 4-8
From Booklist: Preschool-Kindergarten; Kirkus: Ages 5-7; PW: Ages 4-8; SLJ: K-Gr 3


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Sophie's is hurt when the other children laugh at her painting of her favorite tree--but when she explains her painting everybody understands what she was trying to do.

From the Publisher
In a sequel to her bestselling When Sophie Gets Angry..., Caldecott Honor Illustrator Molly Bang asks: What hurts your feelings, and what do you do about it? Everyone's feelings get hurt, and it's especially painful in childhood. In this story, Bang's popular character Sophie is hurt when the other children laugh at her and tell her she's wrong. Sophie's face gets hot, and tears begin to flow. Then she questions herself and the value of the choices she's made.At issue is Sophie's colorful, expressive painting of her favorite tree. Sophie loves it, but her picture is different from the paintings done by the other students. "The sky isn't orange! Trees aren't blue! Your picture is wrong!" they tell her.In addition to the book's subtle art lesson (imagine the skies of Vincent van Gogh, for example), readers have the opportunity to compare and contrast all the paintings done in Sophie's class. In the end, the students learn there are many different ways to interpret the world -- and each other. Here is a simple story that tackles the common issue of hurt feelings as it gently helps us to be more kind.

Product Details
  • Publisher: The Blue Sky Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.
  • Publication Date: September 29, 2015
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edition: First edition, October 2015.
  • Dewey: -E-
  • Classifications: Fiction, Easy
  • Description: 34 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
  • ISBN-10: 0-545-78831-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-545-78831-1
  • LCCN: 2014-043593
  • Follett Number: 0822MV4
  • Reading Level: 2.3
  • Audience: Lower Elementary
  • Grades: Pre-K/K-3
  • Ages: 4-8
  • Booklist: Preschool-Kindergarten
  • Kirkus: Ages 5-7
  • Publishers Weekly: Ages 4-8
  • School Library Journal: K-Gr 3
  • ATOS Book Level: 2.8
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 178065EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 1.6
  • Reading Counts Points: 1
  • Lexile: AD490L

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 07/01/15
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 01/01/16
  • Horn Book Guide, 04/01/16
  • Horn Book Magazine, 09/01/15
  • Kirkus Reviews, 06/01/15
  • Publishers Weekly starred, 09/21/15
  • School Library Journal, 08/01/15

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (July 2015 (Vol. 111, No. 21))
Preschool-Kindergarten. Sophie’s teacher has assigned the class an art project: “Find a tree you like a LOT and . . . paint that tree from memory.” It’s a fun assignment for Sophie, who loves color. However, when she joyfully paints her favorite beech tree’s trunk a happy blue and the sky a popping orange, and outlines each leaf in shining yellow, her classmate Andrew says, “We’re supposed to paint a REAL tree, Sophie. You did it all WRONG!” It’s up to the teacher to uplift Sophie’s crushed spirit, as she explains that pictures can use color to show feelings as well as reality. A happy conclusion celebrates a brilliant art show of diverse trees painted by the children: each has found something special and different in their depictions. Award-winning author and illustrator Bang’s full-bleed, double-page spreads in rich and vibrant colors celebrate her love of the natural world, and her interiors with boldly outlined figures pop, as she demonstrates her skill and sensitivity in portraying children’s emotions. A natural follow-up to her When Sophie Gets Angry—Really, Really Angry (1999).

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