Sophie's Castle

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One day at the beach, Sophie builds a fabulous sand castle, complete with lofty towers and a surrounding moat. But when ocean tides wash closer and closer, she must suddenly face the loss of her castle.

With help from a new playmate, Sophie finds the courage to start over again in this charming poem about friendship and faith in tomorrow.
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Overview

One day at the beach, Sophie builds a fabulous sand castle, complete with lofty towers and a surrounding moat. But when ocean tides wash closer and closer, she must suddenly face the loss of her castle.

With help from a new playmate, Sophie finds the courage to start over again in this charming poem about friendship and faith in tomorrow.
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Through the Looking Glass
Sophie is building a wonderful sand castle complete with towers and a bridge. Everything is perfect until the inevitable happens - the tide comes in. No matter what Sophie does her castle is doomed and as she watches her work of art is washed away.

Sophie is so upset that she wonders if there is any point in building sand castles if they are always going to be destroyed by the relentless waves of the incoming tide. Sophie asks herself "why should I even try?"

The next day Sophie is still upset and she is determined not to build another piece of sand art. At least she is until a little boy arrives on the beach and asks her to help him build a sand castle . Sophie begins to see that perhaps losing her castle to the tide was not such a bad thing and that one has to keep building ones castles in this life even if they are knocked down.

Written in gentle lilting rhyme, this metaphor for the trials of life, for the loss of something special which must be rebuilt when it falls, is powerful and can be enjoyed on several levels. Young children will see that Sophie does not give up creating something beautiful on the beach. Older readers will understand that we are going to lose many sandcastles in our lives and the important thing to remember is that one has to keep on trying even when the tide comes in.

Soft, evocative watercolors beautifully compliment the text.

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School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Soft, sun-washed seascapes and affectionate portraits are this book's highlights. The story has inherent value: a girl who lavishes time and attention on building a sand castle ("a palace of dreams") is devastated when the tide washes it away. While this is a refreshingly nonviolent metaphor for the things life takes from us, the text is awkward and trite: "She knew castles may fall,/but must not stop her dreams./She should build once again/when life's not as it seems." The artwork is lovely but the rigid versifying robs the story of its emotional impact and child appeal.-Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760766927
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/11/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 10.44 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather F. Levine wrote this story to share her own personal journey in the wake of sadness. She has been teaching in New York City for the past ten years, and feels lucky that she gets to work with children every day. Heather lives in Manhattan with her husband, Mark, and Sophie the dog.

J.K. Drummond is an award-winning watercolorist and second-generation painter. She learned to paint from her father (a very patient man). J.K. lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband, Josh, where she loves sunshine, cats, and really spicy food.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2007

    Great for adults too!!!

    So a friend of mine bought this book for me while I was going through my divorce. It helped me through so many hard times. For awhile I read it everyday. I think it teaches a great lesson about how we need to keep going even when we dont think we can. Oh yeah, my kids like it too but, for me it will always have a special place on the bookshelf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2005

    My daughter and I love this book!

    What a beautiful story and the illustrations capture the feel of the story as well. And it teaches a great lesson for children. I look forward to reading more books from Heather Levine. We also had were fortunate enough to hear her read this story at B&N in Park Slope. And my three year old daughter really enjoyed meeting an author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2005

    An Extraordinary Children's Book

    A story about build-up and loss and the courage to build up again. A story at the beach that children can relate to which is at the same time a beautiful metaphor for the ups and downs in life. Heather Levine got a great start with her first children's book. We can look forward with excitement to her next books, hopefully again with the great illustrations by J.K. Drummond.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2005

    Outstanding!!!!

    I love this book, a great leason for kids of all ages....

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