When Sophie Thinks She Can't...

When Sophie Thinks She Can't...

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Three-time Caldecott Honor illustrator Molly Bang helps children solve problems by showing a different -- and highly effective -- approach: "I can't do it" becomes "I can't do it... yet."
When Sophie can't solve a math puzzle, she feels upset and inadequate. "I CAN'T DO IT!" she shouts, expressing the frustration all of us feel when we try and fail. Will she ever be "smart" like her sister? Maybe she isn't smart at all.
Luckily Sophie's teacher steps in. What does it mean to be smart? Using current, popular "mindset" techniques, Sophie's class is taught that we get smarter when we exercise our brains, such as when we work harder at solving a puzzle. Struggling to solve a problem doesn't mean "I can't do it!" Sophie and her classmates just can't do it... yet!
Readers will cheer when Sophie finally prevails, and at the end of the day, she's confident and optimistic. At home, Sophie uses her new technique to help her dad solve a carpentry puzzle.
In this third book about Sophie, Molly Bang again helps children deal with a challenging everyday issue, providing an opening to ask: What do you do when you think, "I can't!"?
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Product details

  • Hardback | 40 pages
  • 234 x 257 x 10mm | 408g
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 133815298X
  • 9781338152982
  • 126,600

Flap copy

Everybody faces problems
that seem impossible to
solve. For children, it can
be very frustrating to put
together a puzzle, solve a
math problem, or learn to
read a new word.
When Sophie gets stuck,
she feels she isn't smart.
"I can't do it!" she says. Her
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Back cover copy

How do you feel when you can't
do a difficult task? In this book,
Sophie learns a fun new way to
solve problems - and you can, too!
In her three books about Sophie, award-winning writer-illustrator
Molly Bang gives children and parents an opening to discuss their feelings
and ways to cope with them. When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really
Angry . . . was chosen as Bang's third Caldecott Honor Book, received
the 2000 Charlotte Zolotow Award, the Jane Addams Honor Award, and
was an ALA Notable Book. When Sophie's Feelings Are Really, Really
Hurt was a Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year and
a Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Title of 2016.
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Review quote

"Sure to be a staple in classrooms everywhere." -- Kirkus Reviews
Praise for When Sophie's Feelings Are Really, Really Hurt
* "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." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"All libraries will want this bold offering for lessons on classroom manners, art, and individuality." -- School Library Journal
Praise for When Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really Angry...
Caldecott Honor Book
Jane Addams Honor Book
ALA Notable Book
Charlotte Zolotow Award
"Bang's evocatively illustrated book suggests no quick fixes; she treats childhood emotions with respect." -- Publishers Weekly
"Bang captures the intensity of Sophie's feelings with strong, broadly brushed forms and colors....Sophie finds a way to cope with her anger, quite laudably, without a helping adult hand." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Bang's double-page illustrations, vibrating with saturated colors...reveal the drama of the child's emotions."-- School Library Journal, starred review
"An elegant and thought-provoking book for...children learning how to deal with emotions." -- New York Times Book Review
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About Molly Bang

Molly Bang has written and illustrated more than twenty books for young readers, including iWhen Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry... /i; iTen, Nine, Eight/i; and iThe Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher/i, each of which were Caldecott Honor books. Bang divides her time between Falmouth, Massachusetts, and Northern California.
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Rating details

232 ratings
3.68 out of 5 stars
5 18% (42)
4 39% (90)
3 37% (86)
2 6% (13)
1 0% (1)
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