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Tuesday, December 8
Written by Jacqueline Jules, illustrated by Kim Smith
My rating: ★★★
Publisher: Picture Window Books
Date of publication: February 1, 2015
Age: 5 - 7 years
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Themes: family relationships, Hispanic Americans, identity, sisters
Sofia is sick of looking exactly like her sisters. She wants to stand out! And when school picture day comes around, Sofia thinks of the perfect way to make that happen.
It's a simple story; there's nothing too extraordinary about it. There's some standard characters and the plot is somewhat drab. Sofia herself, though, is a pretty fun and spunky character. And I did appreciate the Spanish vocabulary lesson—any Spanish words that Sofia and her family use are highlighted and there's an index in the back with the translation. There's also other helpful hints and activities at the end. The illustrations are vivid and cute, if somewhat standard.
Overall, I feel like it's just okay. It's a perfectly relatable story (as a younger sibling who always tried to outshine her siblings, I can attest) that many kids might appreciate, but it probably isn't something they'll seek out. I'd recommend the series for kids learning some Spanish.
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