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.
The heroine of Bang's When Sophie Gets Angry Really, Really Angry returns more than 15 years after that Caldecott Honor winning picture book. At school, Sophie's class is asked to create pictures of their favorite trees from memory. When Sophie paints her favorite beech tree the very one she took refuge in during the previous book she colors it bright blue to show how happy it makes her feel. "You did it wrong," accuses another student, bringing Sophie to tears, but Sophie's empathic teacher intervenes: "Both artists looked carefully at their trees and made very different and very special paintings," she says, showing Sophie's painting beside the boy's realistically colored tree. Bang's thickly painted images exude energy and feeling, both in the children's expressions and through the exaggerated dimensions, angles, and colors. It's another lovely study in emotion from Bang and a thoughtful exploration of art-making. Ages 4 8.