Everyone’s feelings get hurt sometimes. It doesn’t feel good when people laugh at you, or say harsh words, or won’t let you join their group of friends. In this book, Sophie is happy and proud when she paints a beautiful picture of her favorite tree. But when other children make fun of her and tell her the picture is wrong, Sophie feels embarrassed and ashamed. Here is a story that will help children see what makes Sophie’s painting beautiful – although it is different – and how we, as people, can try to respect each other’s differences without being hurtful. When you feel hurt, do you keep it to yourself? Do you tell a trusted friend or parent? What do you do?
Reading age: 4-8 years old