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Mimmy and Sophie

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Mimmy and Sophie live in Brooklyn, New York, during the Great Depression. Like most sisters, they have a lot in common, but they're also different: Mimmy dreams of owning an Oldsmobile that she can fix with her own tools, and of growing up to be a trolley driver, while Sophie prefers to talk to her dolls. Sometimes Mimmy and Sophie are best friends, sometimes they aren't. But no matter what, they are always sisters. And although their family may not have enough money for a vacation, they can make a ride down ...

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Overview

Mimmy and Sophie live in Brooklyn, New York, during the Great Depression. Like most sisters, they have a lot in common, but they're also different: Mimmy dreams of owning an Oldsmobile that she can fix with her own tools, and of growing up to be a trolley driver, while Sophie prefers to talk to her dolls. Sometimes Mimmy and Sophie are best friends, sometimes they aren't. But no matter what, they are always sisters. And although their family may not have enough money for a vacation, they can make a ride down Pitkin Avenue or a picnic on the Brooklyn Bridge seem just as much fun. These four irresistible stories unfold in fifty-eight picture frames, capturing the essence of time and place and sisterhood.

Four stories about Mimmy, who is six, and her four-year-old sister Sophie; their momma, poppa, and grandparents, who emigrated from Russia; and their Brooklyn neighborhood during the Depression.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Tracy Defina
A picture book that reads like a comic-what fun! Children will love sharing Mimmy and Sophie's adventures as they grow up in Brooklyn, New York during the Depression. Like any two sisters they are best friends one minute and enemies the next. Young readers will relate to their fond visits with grandparents and exciting outings with Mom and Dad. Can you remember eating Popsicle's from the ice cream man on a warm day? Can you remember playing make believe on the front porch or in the back yard? The warm chapters that make up this unique book are brought to life by its wonderfully detailed illustrations. It serves as both entertainment and a lesson in history.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Four nostalgic stories about sisters, aged four and six, living in Depression-era Brooklyn show how life used to be, with its pleasures simple yet satisfying, and stress how love is the real heart of happiness. At a time when nickels are hard to come by, Mimmy and Sophie let their precious popsicles melt while they search the wrappers to see if they won a contest, and the kindly vendor gives them new ones. When the family visits Gramma and Grampa, the children learn how their grandparents suffered deprivation in Russia and quickly offer to share their charlotte russes. When her best friend takes up with a new girl, an angry Mimmy reacts by tormenting Sophie, but eventually the sisters reconcile as together they draw pictures on the sidewalk. When the other children brag about vacation plans, the girls' parents take them on a special trip to picnic on the Brooklyn Bridge. A childlike innocence suffuses the soft-toned pen-and-ink and watercolor pictures, which are arranged in blocks like sections of a large comic strip. The girls have big, expressive faces and short bodies, making them appear especially vulnerable. The city scenes are carefully detailed, and the artwork enhances the tender stories.-Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Four tender reminiscences feature Mimmy and her younger sister, Sophie, growing up in Depression-era Brooklyn. Trolleys, brownstones, storefronts, and front stoops provide the urban theater for heartfelt snippets of everyday mini-dramas: melted popsicles, a visit to Gramma and Grampa's, sibling squabbles, and an afternoon outing to the Brooklyn Bridge. Storyboard panels in somber colors depict the old-fashioned stories with innocence and simplicity; the understated, wholesome adventures don't rely on fast-paced action or antics, but small, rounded conclusions that have the veracity of real life. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374349882
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 3/25/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.08 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Miriam Cohen is the author of twenty-six books for young readers, including Will I Have a Friend? The Mimmy and Sophie stories are drawn from her experience of childhood during the Depression. She lives in Sunnyside, New York.

Thomas F. Yezerski's previous books include Together in Pinecone Patch. He lives in Rutherford, New Jersey.

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