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  • Writer's pictureShameer Bismilla

Sorry! and Sorry, Snail


When I introduced my class to the books “Sorry”, by Trudy Ludwig and “Sorry Snail” by Tracy Subisak I witnessed firsthand how storytelling can effectively teach our learners a lesson; the true meaning of a sincere apology. Apologizing can be quite challenging for children whose egos may feel wounded. These books beautifully illustrated the importance of genuinely meaning it when you say sorry. As we explored these stories together my students could easily relate to the characters struggles. Empathize with the emotions that arise when we try to make amends.


Both books emphasize a lesson on offering apologies as a vital aspect of positive interpersonal behavior. They highlight strategies for children, such as acknowledging the harm they may have caused by naming it taking responsibility for their actions and demonstrating genuine remorse. It’s not about uttering the words; it’s truly understanding and feeling sorry while actively working towards making things right after making a mistake. These invaluable lessons equip our ones with tools, for resolving conflicts and nurturing healthy relationships as they continue to grow.


Reading “Sorry” and “Sorry Snail” enabled my students to grasp that apologizing goes beyond words; it entails comprehending how our actions impact others and taking ownership of them responsibly.


These books also explore the concept of making amends demonstrating that a heartfelt apology can be accompanied by actions that contribute to making things. Through engaging with these stories the children, in my class developed an appreciation for the significance of sincerity in their apologies, which lays the foundation for interactions and personal development as they navigate the complexities of relationships and emotions, in their lives.

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