Sophie's Trophy

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Sophie’s brother has a mantel full of awards for his cute warts— verrugas—and shiny skin, but Sophie isn’t nearly as good looking and doesn’t have any trophies at all.

One day, while Sophie is singing about her sorrows, the Toadettes are impressed and ask her to join their group.They convince her to do a solo at the fair when the rest of the group gets sick from eating bad flies. You can guess who finally gets a trophy of her own that night.

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Overview

Sophie’s brother has a mantel full of awards for his cute warts— verrugas—and shiny skin, but Sophie isn’t nearly as good looking and doesn’t have any trophies at all.

One day, while Sophie is singing about her sorrows, the Toadettes are impressed and ask her to join their group.They convince her to do a solo at the fair when the rest of the group gets sick from eating bad flies. You can guess who finally gets a trophy of her own that night.

Susan Elya’s seamless verse that includes Spanish vocabulary and Viviana Garofoli’s vivid, lively illustrations makes Sophie’s story one all kids will relate to while they search for their special talents.

Author Biography: Susan Middleton Elya cleverly has made Spanish vocabulary understandable in nine other books. She lives in California. Viviana Garofoli lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This her second picture book.

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PreS-Gr 3-Sophie is a homely toad, while her brother is so cute that he has won numerous modeling trophies. She is sad and croons about her feelings in such a beautiful voice that she is soon welcomed into a singing group. One night, she performs a solo in a competition and wins her very own trophy. The story is told in rhyming couplets and quatrains. Elya punctuates the English verses with well-integrated Spanish words that suit the tale's rhythm. Most appear next to an English equivalent while a few are integrated into sentences. The terms are presented in bold type and defined in a glossary with pronunciation guides. Many, like d'a and feliz, will be familiar to non-Spanish speakers and others, like pesta-as (eyelashes), are less common. The acrylic artwork is as playful as the writing; it's big, bright, and active. The toads are drawn as large circles with skinny limbs, spots, and bulging eyes. Colorful images and amusing details fill the spreads. A fun read-aloud.-Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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This tale of two toads told in rhyme incorporates Spanish words into the story. "Sophie the toad, the wart-covered sapo, was fea-so ugly. Her brother was guapo. His toad warts-verrugas-were cuter and smaller." In fact, Sophie's brother is the best-looking in the bog with a mantle full of awards to prove it. Even though Sophie dreams of being a model too, it's her singing about her sorrows that leads to fame and her first trophy. The comic illustrations of the green blimpish, bug-eyed (a la Tedd Arnold) toads exaggerate the goofiness. Underscoring the message of self-worth, this combination of Spanish vocabulary, American Toad Idol and wartful whimsy is a "hoppy" tale that kids will relate to and chuckle over. And what kid hasn't coveted a trophy? Useful and fun in either a classroom or home venue. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399241994
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 6/8/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.36 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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