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When Sophie’s Feelings Are Really, Really Hurt

Bang, Molly (Author/Illustrator)
Scholastic 2015. 36 pages
First published: 2015
ISBN: 9780545788311 (hardcover)
9780545801492 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

point of view, recurring patterns

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

When Sophie paints the place where her “anger and sadness melt away” a little differently, she is criticized by her fellow students. Her teacher helps her and the other children realize that each of their paintings is special and different. And indeed, each student’s interpretation of a tree they like is vivid and unique.

Like Sophie’s own painting of her favourite beech tree, some liberties with colour are taken to illustrate the tale: each tree and person is outlined in colour, emphasizing their individuality. Although done in a simple style, the paintings that fill the pages are bright and evocative.

The text account of Sophie’s difficult yet instructive day is clear and descriptive: “As she climbs, Sophie feels the smooth bark under her hands. She looks closely at the bark, the branches and the leaves. When she looks up, the leaves glow in the sun.”

Sophie and her classmates are encouraged to look at and compare one another’s paintings. This can be used to inspire further discussion about art and its appreciation. A prompt at the end also encourages readers to think about and share what they do when their own feelings get hurt.

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    Has someone ever hurt your feelings? Discuss what you did to stop feeling sad. Were you able to talk to the other person about what they did?

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    Using large, teacher-selected colour samples, discuss which emotions you associate with particular colours. Does everyone react the same way? What does this tell you about choosing colours for your illustrations?

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    Describe Andrew. What does he think? Why does he think that? Is he a bad person because of the way he thinks?

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    Paint a picture of tree, using colours that represent an emotion for you. Share your work with the class and explain your colour choices.

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    Has someone ever hurt your feelings? Discuss what you did to stop feeling sad. Were you able to talk to the other person about what they did? Have you ever hurt someone’s feelings unintentionally?

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    Using large, teacher-selected colour samples, discuss which emotions you associate with particular colours. Does everyone react the same way? What does this tell you about choosing colours for your illustrations?

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    As the book is read aloud, discuss ways of talking about art that will not hurt others’ feelings.

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    Look at a variety of famous teacher-selected tree paintings. How do they make you feel? Use positive expressions to describe them.

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    Paint a picture of a favourite tree, using colours that represent an emotion for you. Share your work with the class and explain your colour choices.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To solve problems
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Ethics and Religious Culture
  • Visual Arts