When Sophie's Sorry Wasn't Enough

Sophie thinks saying the word sorry will solve or smooth over whatever mess, mishap, or misery she creates.

Author: Jeff Tucker
Illustrator: Miranda Morrissey
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Sophie says sorry – a lot. She says it so much, her schoolmates call her Sorry Sophie.
It doesn’t matter what mistake, mayhem, or misery she creates, Sophie blurts out a quick sorry and thinks she’s made everything right. When she gobbles up all the cookies that were meant to be shared with her little brother, she shouts sorry and moves on. When a magnifying glass is shattered because of her carelessness, she offers a casual sorry and escapes consequences. Sophie uses the word like a get out of jail free card.
But what happens when she turns Emelia’s much-loved birthday present into a shredded, deflated mess? Emelia doesn’t want to hear the same-old sorry from Sophie. She expects more than just talk. She wants Sophie to make it right.
Now Sophie is stuck. If saying sorry is no longer enough, how can she make things right? Is there a resolution that will satisfy everyone? More importantly, how can Sophie repair all the hurt she caused her friend?        
With colorful illustrations and a plot that young children will easily relate to, award-winning author and school counselor Jeff Tucker reminds readers that everybody makes mistakes, but how you respond afterward is what matters and makes all the difference. A special page written specifically for parents and educators offers practical tips on helping children use restorative practices to resolve conflicts, repair relationships, build empathy, and be accountable.    
When Sophie’s Sorry Wasn’t Enough is the fourth title in the popular Chicorée Elementary Stories for Success series, which also includes Emelia Understands Equity, My Name’s Sammy, and I’m No Snitch, and Vinnie the Brave. Tucker also penned the much-adored storybook Isaac the Instigator.  

Extend the learning for your students by purchasing the Downloadable Activities that were made to accompany this story.

Published by Boys Town Press
ISBN: 979-8-88907-007-8
Juvenile Fiction
Full Color Illustrations
31 pages
Softcover, 9"x9"
Grades K-5; Ages 5-11
Lexile Measure: 570L