Fall 2023


  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

“You feel way too much.” / “Will you stop being dramatic?”

This tender picture book follows a girl who is told she is too intense, too sensitive, too much. She’s told to grow a thicker skin, but the words of others slip right through. They somersault around inside and press against her heart.

What can she do to stop the hurt?

She needs to take time alone to think and read, rest and create.

Thoughtful text, detailed collage illustrations, and an unexpected word puzzle combine in Sara Levine and Mehrdokht Amini’s moving portrayal of a girl who discovers that what others call a weakness can also be a gift.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Category Diverse Books: Celebrating Differences , Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2023-10-03
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039050, JUV039230, JUV039140
Dewey 158.2
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Guided Reading Level M
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Original artwork, Page Plus™, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Sara Levine

Sara Levine is an author, educator, and veterinarian. Her science books for children include the Animal by Animal series, Germs Up Close, and A Peek at Beaks: Tools Birds Use. Her books have received a number of awards including AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize, Utah Beehive Book Award, Cook Prize finalist, Monarch Award master list, and Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year.

Illustrator: Mehrdokht Amini

Mehrdokht Amini is an Iranian-born children's book illustrator. She has been nominated for a Kate Greenaway Medal and been invited to participate in the prestigious Bratislava Biennial of Illustrations. She lives in the UK.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!


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  • Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year 2024, Winner, 2024


Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“This would make a good introduction to validate sensitive children as they begin to understand themselves and could support them in feeling less isolation for the ways and levels to which they feel. It can also serve as a helpful message to their adult caregivers in gaining perspective of what sensitivity might feel like within their child.” —Children’s Literature

The Horn Book Magazine

“The emotionally resonant text and striking illustrations capture the healing one can find in art and creativity. The text seems best suited for elementary-aged children, though the powerful message resounds for all ages.”—The Horn Book Magazine

Kirkus Reviews

“This story highlights the importance of taking control of a narrative as well as the healing power of artistic pursuits . . . A healing, positive assertion.” —Kirkus Reviews