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“And while the reason Jenny Mei is sad is never explicitly stated, subtle clues will give perceptive readers an idea of what’s happening in her life. Focus, however, stays on what is most important: the quiet support of a friend who understands. Intelligently and sympathetically demonstrates that children have complex emotional lives too.”
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Jenny Mei Is Sad

Written by Tracy Subisak
Illustrated by Tracy Subisak
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

My friend Jenny Mei is sad. But you might not be able to tell.

Jenny Mei still smiles a lot. She makes everyone laugh. And she still likes blue Popsicles the best. But, her friend knows that Jenny Mei is sad, and does her best to be there to support her.

This beautifully illustrated book is perfect for introducing kids to the complexity of sadness, and to show them that the best way to be a good friend, especially to someone sad, is by being there for the fun, the not-fun, and everything in between.

Primary ISBN: 9780316537711
Publication Date: June 2023
Available As: Hardcover
Picture Book, Age 04 or older

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