One Word From Sophia

One Word From Sophia

Book - 2015
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All Sophie wants for her birthday is a pet giraffe, but as she tries to convince different members of her rather complicated family to support her cause, each tells her she is using too many words until she finally hits on the perfect one. Includes glossary.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781481405140
1481405144
Branch Call Number: JP Averb
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations
Additional Contributors: Ismail, Yasmeen

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Suzen_S Jul 12, 2017

Perfect for preschoolers, this playfully illustrated story examines the nuances of language as Sophia expresses her one birthday wish: a giraffe. With an introduction to an amazing vocabulary of rare words, Sophia realizes that sometimes the best words are short and sweet.

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skyekilaen
Sep 18, 2016

This book! Y'all! Just stop whatever you're doing and read this book. You won't be sorry. There's something for everyone in this book: a multi-racial family, a strong girl character, a compelling slideshow, public opinion polling, big words, a tutu, and some great hair. The girl is Sophia, who has a deep, desperate yearning for a pet giraffe. It's her One True Desire. Her birthday's coming up. She's thought of all the angles... but none of them are working on her family. What's she going to do?!

I had so much fun reading this out loud, and my son loved it. Averbeck's prose flows beautifully, and even my husband was cracking up as Sophia was shot down with proposal after proposal. Her grandmother's reaction is the best. Ismail's art just explodes with joy. I hope she had as much fun drawing the characters as I had looking at them. In a world where books with leading characters of color are sadly lacking, this is a fantastic book for increasing diversity in children's literature. Bravo!

I could give this more stars for the illustrations (which are ADORABLE), but the story is 1-star for me, all the way. First off, I struggle to see who the target audience is; The text is so wordy and advanced, especially when paired with the very simple/young illustrations. Secondly, the whole "moral" of the story is very weird to me. I guess it's trying to highlight the importance of saying "please" and "thank you", but the whole story revolves around adults shutting down this girl for giving well thought out arguments for why she wants a pet. Why are we putting down the efforts of a very smart and enterprising young girl who is actually doing a spectacular job of tailoring her argument to her audience? It made no sense to me.

LPL_TriciaK Jan 25, 2016

A modern, humorous take on the age-old drama wherein a child makes a plea to her family for a pet. Olivia is resourceful, creative, and persistent in presenting her case to each member of the household. Any parent who has ever given a presentation at work will chuckle as they read the story. Children who like to learn new, big words will love this book!

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