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I’m Sorry

In this fourth book in the series from New York Times bestselling author Michael Ian Black and celebrated illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi, a flamingo and a very sorry potato learn how to mend hurt feelings.

Flamingo is upset. Very upset.

Potato is sorry. Very sorry. In fact, he is the sorriest.

But he doesn’t know how to tell Flamingo. He would rather run away to the South Pole and live with penguins. He’d rather wear a disguise for the rest of time. But will that be enough to fix their friendship? Will they ever go back to being a girl, a potato, and a flamingo again?

Author: Michael Ian Black
Illustrator: Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
For ages: 4-8
Hardcover, 40 pages
ISBN-10: 1534415882
ISBN-13: 9781534415881

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Press & Honors

“…A wonderful book to open conversations with youngsters about friendship, respect and forgiveness.” – by Barbra Hesson in The Calgary Herald, Nov. 06, 2021.

“All the books in this series are exemplary.  I’m Sorry written by Michael Ian Black with illustrations by Debbie Ridpath Ohi will resonate with readers of all ages.  (Although the older you get, the easier it is to say I’m sorry because you realize, day by day, how short life is.  Time is too precious to waste.)  This is a book to be read often and shared widely.  I can already hear the discussions it will raise.  Make sure to have at least one copy in your professional collections and one copy on your personal bookshelves.” – Margie Myers-Culver, Librarian’s Quest.

Starred review (5/5 stars) from Katrina Yurenka, Youth Services Book Review. “If you do not find the character of Potato quite impossibly hilarious, you need to have your funny bone checked.” “Kids just might be inspired to offer their own apologies after having the difficulty of doing so demonstrated in this story.  Good choice for storytime.”

“When relationships get rocky and emotions flare, my students recognize the need to apologize. All from a Potato and Flamingo.” – Tino Cho, in her Teachers | Books | Readers post about how she uses I’m Sorry for social emotional learning in the classroom.

“…Amazing books like I’M SORRY help kids take ownership of their complex emotions and navigate the ins and outs of friendship.” – LibraryMomBooks on Instagram.

I’m Sorry is the best way to help kids learn about apologies. It’s hilarious, heartfelt, and has the best art! I hope you all share I’m Sorry with all of the kids in your life!” – Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez in an interview with Debbie on her blog.

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