Too girly or too boyish. Too thin or too fat. Too quiet, too loud. Be ambitious, but don’t hurt feelings. Be inquisitive, but don’t interrupt. Be outspoken, but don’t be bossy. Most of all, be yourself—but be a lady.
What’s a girl to do in a world filled with contradicting gender expectations, aside from saying sorry?
The way we teach politeness norms to children is often confusing, changing based on gender—and can have lasting effects. And while everyone should be courteous and accountable for their actions, apologetic language out of context can undermine confidence and perceived capability.
Within the subtle yet beautiful illustrations and powerful rhyme of “The Girl Who Said Sorry”, developing girls will learn that self-expression and personal choices can be made without apology, and with confidence.
50% of profits from this book is donated to Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation campaign dedicated to empowering young girls to take action on global issues.
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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite The Girl Who Said Sorry is a book about gender identity in today’s society, written by Hayoung Yim and illustrated by Marta M. Forever criticized for her clothing, her body shape, her voice, her mannerisms, being too proud when winning, and being given so much contradictory advice about how she should act in order to be herself, a young girl finally puts her foot down and decides that she is tired of being sorry for not fitting into everybody else’s ideal persona. While reading Hayoung Yim’s tale, The Girl Who Said Sorry, I could not help but feel sympathy for a young girl who was trying so hard to please everybody else except herself. In today’s society, people around you expect you to fit into their perfect ideal, but when so many people expect you to live up to their standards, rather than reaching for your own goals and learning what is right, life becomes confusing for many. I could not help but cheer when the young girl finally stopped apologizing to the people around her for letting them down when she had nothing to apologize for. The only way to mature and learn is to make mistakes and grow from them while using your own common sense and instinct to tell you what is right. I was very much impressed by the message which The Girl Who Said Sorry conveyed, and do not hesitate in recommending it to all young readers aged 5-12, so that they can learn to grow into their own skin, while also learning that it is okay to be wrong now and again. We are all individual people and need to be ourselves, while being the very best that we can be at all times. There is never any need to apologize for being ourselves.