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When Sophie’s Feelings Are Really, Really Hurt

by Molly Bang

Published by The Blue Sky Press / Scholastic, 2015
32 pages
ISBN: 978-0-545-78831-1

Ages 4-8

Sophie’s favorite tree—-the big beech that she goes to whenever she is angry or sad, the one that makes her feel calm and good again-—is the one she decides to paint during art. But painting the tree how it really looks, with its gray trunk and plain green leaves, doesn’t capture how the tree makes her feel. So she paints the trunk turquoise, and the sky orange, and the leaves chartreuse. She adds a yellow border around the tree, and animals in its branches. Now her picture captures the way the tree makes her feel: happy! Until her classmates begin teasing: “We’re supposed to paint a real tree Sophie. You did it WRONG.” Luckily Sophie’s teacher, inviting Sophie and another student to talk about their very different pictures, knows exactly how to affirm that there isn’t a right or wrong way for an artist to capture the truth about something in Molly Bang’s visually vibrant and emotionally rich and engaging story. Highly Commended, 2016 Charlotte Zolotow Award  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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