|When Sophie thinks she can't ..|
Author: Bang, Molly
Sophie is discouraged because she always struggles with math and puzzles--until her teacher shows her the hidden value of "try" and "yet."
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.50
Points: .5 Quiz: 193767
Kirkus Reviews (10/15/17)
School Library Journal (01/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/02/18)
The Hornbook (00/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 01/01/2018 POPGr 1–3—Bang and her eponymous character have guided children through the emotional ups and downs of When Sophie Gets Angry—Really, Really Angry and When Sophie's Feelings Are Really, Really Hurt, now address frustration and feelings of inadequacy when the child is unable to complete a tangram puzzle at home, then a math challenge at school. However, under the guidance of a teacher with a positive, can-do attitude who encourages her students to try harder and use the word "yet" when faced with a difficult challenge (as in, "I haven't solved it yet"), Sophie and classmates are introduced to a growth mind-set approach to problem solving. Readers and listeners can attempt to try the puzzle on their own ("build a bigger rectangle out of twelve small squares"), and will observe that there is more than one way to solve this particular challenge (and perhaps others) as evidenced in the story. As in other titles by this author/illustrator, vibrant colors form the backdrop of many spreads and the figures, outlined in these yellow, red, or green, radiate energy and emotion. An author's note discusses the book's origin and explains the difference between "fixed" and "growth" mind-sets. Endpapers include a picture of a tangram and a definition, and some of the animal shapes said to have been created "from traditional tangram puzzle pieces." VERDICT While purposeful, this book belongs on classroom and school library shelves and should be shared, especially with children who are easily frustrated.—Daryl Grabarek, School Library Journal - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.