Hurty Feelings

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Fragility the hippo is solid on the outside and fragile on the inside. In every compliment, Fragility hears an insult. If someone says she looks nice, she hears that she looks like a big, squishy cupcake—since cupcakes are also nice. But soon, Rudy the bully comes along to insult her for real. In the face of these insults, will Fragility realize the difference between a jab and a compliment?

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Fragility the hippo is solid on the outside and fragile on the inside. In every compliment, Fragility hears an insult. If someone says she looks nice, she hears that she looks like a big, squishy cupcake—since cupcakes are also nice. But soon, Rudy the bully comes along to insult her for real. In the face of these insults, will Fragility realize the difference between a jab and a compliment?

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It looks like trouble when Fragility, a hippopotamus whose feelings are easily hurt, meets Rudy, a rude elephant, on the soccer field.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The team behind Hooway for Wodney Wat introduce another memorable character's struggles in Hurty Feelings by Helen Lester, illus. by Lynn Munsinger. The not-so-ironically-named Fragility may be one tough hippo, but she can't take a compliment. When told she has sturdy legs, she cries, "You hurt my feeeeelings!... A piano has sturdy legs. So you think I have piano legs." Her dramatics cause her friends to snub her, until an encounter with a bullying elephant helps her realize her overreactions. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Fragility's name describes her personality perfectly. Her feelings can be hurt by almost anything, even a compliment. Her behavior is even more strange because she is an appealing but extremely solid-looking hippo. Her friends, fearful of hurting her, finally stop speaking to her altogether. One day, however, she joins a pick-up soccer game, playing well until Rudy, and extremely rude elephant, arrives and announces that he will eat the goal for lunch. At first Fragility is insulted by everything Rudy says, but she finally gets in her own jabs and hurts his feelings, in an amusing exchange. Then she calms him down, reassured that she herself really is "a solid piece of work." The story gives Munsinger the chance to create a comic series of portraits of a bulky hippo acting just like a young girl. The contrast of appearance and behavior makes for delightful viewing. The ink and watercolor sketches bring us a whole merry band of animals whose behaviors add to the visual fun. And of course there is a lesson taught in the story as well. 2004, Walter Lorraine Book/Houghton Mifflin Company, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-"Fragility was a solid piece of work." So begins Lester's tale of a high-strung hippo whose incredibly thin skin belies her great strength. Oversensitive Fragility takes offense at even the most gracious comments and usually ends up breaking down in tears, which finally forces her friends to avoid her altogether. It takes real insults from a bully elephant, Rudy, to teach her to be as strong on the inside as she is on the outside, and he learns a thing or two as well. The punchy story line will keep children laughing, and Munsinger's characteristic watercolor illustrations bring the tale to life, making Lester's creatures all the more entertaining and enjoyable. Children may recognize characters like these in themselves and in their very own classrooms.-Julie Roach, Malden Public Library, MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Munsinger's illustrations prop up this...tale with a brace of good cheer and well-tempered comedy.
Kirkus Reviews

The punchy story line will keep children laughing, and Munsinger's characteristic watercolor illustrations bring the tale to life, making Lester's cretures all the more entertaining and enjoyable.
School Library Journal

Lester enhances the basic story about handling emotions with a satisfying slapstick humor that's beautifully extended in Munsinger's hilarious, wildly expressive illustrations.
Booklist, ALA

The visual humor and the many opportunities for group interaction may win the book its own cadre of storytime fans.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618840625
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/26/2007
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 456,199
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger have collaborated on many funny and popular books for children, including the stories starring Tacky the Penguin and Wodney Wat, as well as the new Laugh-Along series. Helen Lester is a full-time writer who makes her home in New York. Lynn Munsinger has lived in Vermont and Connecticut, devoting her time to freelance illustration.

http://www.helenlester.com/

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  • Posted July 21, 2010

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    "Hurty Feelings" offers the lessons of empathy, compassion, and kindness.

    The corners of my granddaughter's mouth curl up as I cry out Fragility's words, "You hurt my feeeeelings!" Fragility is so fragile that even compliments hurt her feelings. My granddaughter questions why compliments hurt Fragility's feelings - shouldn't she say thank you? Her face lights up when Rudy the rude elephant enters the story. And she waits in anticipation as Fragility works to overcome her weepy, hurty feelings and stand up to Rudy's rudeness.

    Helen Lester has created a wonderful story for children who are learning about manners, emotions, and bullies. In addition to the lessons already mentioned in other reviews, "Hurty Feelings" offers the lessons of empathy, compassion, and kindness. Lynn Munsinger's amusing illustrations give the animal characters enough human-like features to accentuate the emotion and action behind Lester's text. When Fragility's imagination turns compliments into insults, Munsinger enhances these moments with humorous illustrations. This is a perfect book for one-on-one reading or in a group or classroom environment.

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