I'm Sorry!

I'm Sorry!

By Author / Illustrator

Barry Timms, Sean Julian


Friends and family

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Little Tiger Press Group








Scribble and Swoop are the best of friends - until the day they have a TERRIBLE QUARREL! Which friend will be the first to say sorry? And can an apology fix their precious friendship?  The perfect story for teaching young children the importance of meaningful apologies.



I'm Sorry by Barry Timms and Sean Julian is a fiction picture book that addresses an issue that all young children experience.

The story sees two characters, Scribble and Swoop (the very best of friends), get into an argument. The characters love each other's company so much that, instead of having to walk for ages each day to meet, they get a house to share. However, things don't quite go to plan. Arguments break out over who gets to use the Veranda for their hobby. After an accident with each other's stuff and some untoward verbal exchanges, the two best friends are now angry at each other.

The story goes through the process of making up with a friend; exploring the notion that a simple sorry isn't always enough. The friends learn that a real apology must be heartfelt and meaningful to have any real effect. And of course, after this lesson is learned, the two friends have expressed their emotions, helped each other understand their feelings and now know how to rectify the situation.

Scribble and Swoop are very relatable characters. I can definitely think of how their situation could apply to many adults, let alone children. The pictures and the format of the writing complement each other really well and I adore the expressions on the characters' faces, especially the angry squirrel.

I think this story would make a perfect addition to any Primary classroom. I would recommend it for PSHE purposes or a subtle way of repairing a relationship that might have been broken recently among the children. I can think of a few instances where reading this as a whole class would be a perfect chance to discuss friendships and arguments.

I would recommend this for ages 3-10, for home or classroom use. I used this book with my own children after what felt like a whole day of arguing over a den we had built, with some good results.

Picture book / Reviewed by James Hewish, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 3+


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