Tuesday, September 4, 2012

SOPHIE'S TROPHY by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Viviana Garofoli

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     32          Ages     4 - 8
 AR Quiz No. 108096 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 2.8 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Sophie Toad's big brother Vince (the Prince) is the best looking toad in the bog. He models and has many trophies for his good looks while Sophie, who is not nearly as good looking, has none. She sits on her log, singing the blues, and then goes to bed and dreams she is a model. In her dream, Sophie is the most wanted model in the world and she works and works and works until she is just too tired to even smile. She wakens and realizes that she doesn't want to be a model after all.

In the meantime the singing group, The Toadettes, have heard Sophie's beautiful voice and ask her to join the group and she agrees. Finally, it's time for The Toadettes to perform in a contest at the fair, but all of them except Sophie have eaten bad flies and are ill and can't perform. So Sophie performs solo and wins the first prize trophy! Her brother is very proud of Sophie and makes a special space on his mantel for her trophy. Sophie has finally found her niche!

Sophie's Trophy is written in both English and Spanish, with the languages blended into a seamless, rhythmic story. Told in rhyme, it helps teach children that not everyone is good at everything, but everyone is good at something, and also that "the grass is always greener" - sometimes what they wish for is harder than it looks and isn't really the thing for them at all!  The Spanish words sprinkled through the story introduces a new language, with some of the words being everyday - hermano (brother) - and some not used so often - pestanas (eyelashes.) There is a glossary in the front of the book with  meanings and pronunciation to help with the Spanish words.

The big, bold, colorful illustrations are relatively simple yet fun. Sophie's Trophy would be a valuable addition to your child's reading list.

Happy Reading,
Miss Laurie

Sophie's Trophy can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here http://tinyurl.com/9mxntzk
and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

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