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.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-09-21
- Reviewer: Staff
The heroine of Bangs When Sophie Gets AngryReally, Really Angry returns more than 15 years after that Caldecott Honorwinning picture book. At school, Sophies class is asked to create pictures of their favorite trees from memory. When Sophie paints her favorite beech treethe very one she took refuge in during the previous bookshe colors it bright blue to show how happy it makes her feel. You did it wrong, accuses another student, bringing Sophie to tears, but Sophies empathic teacher intervenes: Both artists looked carefully at their trees and made very differentand very specialpaintings, she says, showing Sophies painting beside the boys realistically colored tree. Bangs thickly painted images exude energy and feeling, both in the childrens expressions and through the exaggerated dimensions, angles, and colors. Its another lovely study in emotion from Bang and a thoughtful exploration of art-making. Ages 48. (Sept.)