Sorry (Really Sorry)

Philomel. Apr. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781984812476.
PreS-Gr 1–Cow ends up with mud on her hooves, and she is not happy. Her bad mood starts a chain reaction of frustration and anger as all the farm animals act out against one another. When Cow makes Duck angry, Duck in turn is mean to Frog, and so on, mimicking the way that children, and adults, are often unable to express their frustration and anger and perpetuate bad feelings. Eventually, Dog stops the cycle when he offers kind words to a distraught Pig. This sparks a change in attitude, and the animals begin making amends. The small gifts and sweet words that the animals share to apologize, including a worm sandwich for Bird and a box of flies for Frog, are also humorous, making the story lighthearted and thoughtful. Bliss’s ink and watercolor images add depth to the animals’ “Sorry, not sorry” with perfect expressive facial features.
VERDICT Cotler’s story is a simple yet valuable one, an excellent example for young readers, and a nice reminder for older readers that kindness goes a long way. This would be a smart choice for any collection.

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