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Sophie's Shell

by Jo Rooks Magination Press
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Hbk 32 pages
AU$23.99 NZ$25.21
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Sophie the snail, eager to start school and have her many questions answered, is overcome by shyness and keeps popping into her shell until a new friend helps.


Discover a world of lovable creatures in the Once Upon a Garden series.


Sophie was always ponders big questions, like

Why is the sky blue?

Why are raindrops wet?

and What are stars made of?

But when Sophie starts school, there’s a wobbly feeling in her tummy and she can’t help popping back into her shell. She is left with one big question Why am I so shy?

When Sophie meets Stanley, she realizes that she's not the only one who feels shy. Can she gain the confidence to help a new friend?

A heart warming tale about a sensitive snail who overcomes her shyness with a little help from her new friends.
“With the theme of friendship, kindness and empathy, readers will enjoy the journey Sophie goes on to become brave. Children who are shy will relate to Sophie while children who are not shy will gain empathy for their peers. I recommend this book for elementary age libraries. This is a book that children will want to read over and over.” —Oregon Coast Youth Book Preview Center

“This book is perfect to share if your little one is shy or over-anxious about going to school for the very first time.  It will be a great tool that will open up dialogue about feelings, coping methods and how to gain self-confidence in social situations. Care, acceptance, praise, patience and love will draw those who are shy out of their shells and a HUGE coming out party is definitely in order when success has been achieved.  I highly recommend this book.” —Storywraps
Jo Rooks, is an award-winning Author-Illustrator from London. She studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Bath School of Art and Design. Her other titles include, A Box of Butterflies and Hector's Favorite Place. Visit her at and Follow her on Facebook: @JoRooksIllustration, Twitter: @JoRooksArt, and Instagram: @JoRooksIllustration.