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Sophie Sleeps Over
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Sophie Sleeps Over

by Marisabina Russo
 

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Almost everyone has felt anxiety and uncertainty over a friendship.

Sophie is looking forward to her first sleepover.
She is excited from the tops of her ears to the tips of her toes and has even made a list of all the things she wants to bring over to her best friend Olive's house. But, when she arrives, a bunny she's never seen before opens the door.

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Overview

Almost everyone has felt anxiety and uncertainty over a friendship.

Sophie is looking forward to her first sleepover.
She is excited from the tops of her ears to the tips of her toes and has even made a list of all the things she wants to bring over to her best friend Olive's house. But, when she arrives, a bunny she's never seen before opens the door.

In this heartwarming tale of first sleepovers, furry animals, and friendship, Marisabina Russo asks the age-old question: can one bunny have two best friends?

A Neal Porter Book

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/20/2014
For Sophie the rabbit, her first sleepover party becomes a flashpoint for some big anxieties. Is she a big enough girl to spend a night away from home and her transitional object (a doll named Turnip)? Is Olive, the party’s hostess, really her best friend? And if so, why is another guest, Penelope, also claiming to fill that role in Olive’s life? Sophie’s ever-shifting desires to fit in, fight (“See, I really am Olive’s best friend,” she thinks after high-stakes game of Pin the Tail on the Raccoon), or flee will strike a chord with readers, and the matter-of-fact, mostly single-plane gouache illustrations give them just enough of a healthy distance from Sophie’s pain to open up a discussion. Russo (Peter Is Just a Baby) does tie up her loose emotional ends a bit neatly—when Penelope and Sophie concur that “you can never have too many” best friends, the invisible hand of the grownup is too present—but the story remains a sharp, sympathetic portrait of the trickiness of young friendships. Ages 3–7. (Mar.)
From the Publisher

“The colorful patterns and warm tones of the gouache illustrations provide a cozy feeling of security.” —BCCB

“A charming, emotionally resonant exploration of the oh-so-important concept of best friend.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Friendship bliss, anticipation, hurt feelings, homesickness—all are familiar to (human) kids and are all conveyed with respect and sensitivity.” —The Horn Book

“Sensitive to the challenges of three-person friendships, the well-written text dramatizes Sophie's emotions with perception and precision. Created with gouache paints, the illustrations make good use of white space and dark, shadowy grays as well as bright colors.” —Booklist

“A great read-aloud and a gentle way to help children consider the idea of expanding their circles of friends.” —School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Sophie and Olive are best bunny friends, so Sophie is thrilled when Olive invites her to a sleepover party. She writes a list of what she’ll take to the party. Her favorite rainbow tee shirt, her ping pong paddle and her tiara, because she and Olive are always dressing up in tiaras or playing ping pong. Her mother adds pajamas and a toothbrush to the list and Daddy suggests a sleeping bag and pillow. But Sophie decides against taking her favorite doll, Turnip. Olive might think Sophie’s babyish if Turnip comes along. When it is time for the sleepover, happy Sophie packs all her stuff in a big pillow case and carries it in her right hand. In her left, she carries Olive’s birthday present, carefully wrapped in purple tissue paper. Purple is Olive’s favorite color. What a surprise Sophie has when another girl opens Olive’s front door. Penelope claims to be Olive’s best friend, which confuses Sophie. She thought she and Olive were best friends. Then Sophie cannot play ping pong properly this time and as things begin to go sourer for her, she’s tempted to call her mom to take her home. Then she wins the “Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Raccoon” game and Olive insists to Penelope that Sophie would never cheat. She decides to stay at the party. When the bunnies snuggle into their sleeping bags, Olive falls right to sleep, but the other two bunnies are restless and they learn they have lots in common. They accept the notion that it is okay to have two best friends. This sweet story with cute illustrations will teach children to share and accept new experiences. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan; Ages 5 to 8.
School Library Journal
03/01/2014
K-Gr 2—Sophie, a cheerful bunny, is caught off guard when she attends her first birthday sleepover at her best friend's house and discovers that Olive has invited another friend as well. Russo show readers that friendship is not exclusive and can grow to include others. Even though Sophie initially feels like a third wheel and wants to go home, she regains her confidence when she gets to know Penelope. The colorful gouache paintings feature attractive designs on the bunnies' clothing as well as on their sleeping bags and furniture. A great read-aloud and a gentle way to help children consider the idea of expanding their circles of friends.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-18
A little bunny attends a sleepover birthday party at her best friend's house and discovers she may not be Olive's only "best friend." "[B]est bunny friends" Sophie and Olive enjoy snacking on carrots, cabbage and kale. They like wearing bracelets, bows and tiaras. They play jump-rope, hopscotch, tag and pingpong. So when Olive invites Sophie to her birthday sleepover, Sophie's "happy from the tops of her ears to the tips of her toes" but surprised when another bunny named Penelope answers Olive's door and announces she's Olive's best friend. Since Sophie thought she was Olive's best friend, she's confused and feels slighted. Eventually, Sophie and Penelope confront Olive about which is her best friend, and Olive tells them you can have more than one best friend. Skeptical, Penelope and Sophie can't fall asleep until they confess to each other this is their first sleepover and they miss their favorite dolls. After this confidential exchange, Sophie decides Olive may be right. Simple, flat, pastel-hued gouache illustrations exude an innocent cheer as they progress from Olive and Sophie's apparently exclusive friendship to Olive's more expansive perspective with her two best friends, Sophie and Penelope. A charming, emotionally resonant exploration of the oh-so-important concept of "best friend." (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596439337
Publisher:
Roaring Brook Press
Publication date:
03/18/2014
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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Meet the Author

Marisabina Russo is the acclaimed author/illustrator of numerous books for young readers including The Line Up Book, I Will Come Back for You, The Bunnies Are Not In Their Beds, and A Very Big Bunny. Sophie Sleeps Over is her first book with Roaring Brook Press. Ms. Russo lives in Westchester, New York.

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