Little Sofia Martinez has a big personality and big plans, which makes every day memorable. Between her sisters and cousins, her family isthe focus of her many adventures. From taking school pictures to doing chores, this 7-year-old knows how to make every moment count. Sofia loves her family and loves her life. What could be better?
About the Author
Jacqueline Jules is the award-winning author of 25 children's books, including No English (2012 Forward National Literature Award), Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Takes Off (2010 CYBILS Literary Award, Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Honor Award, ALSC Great Early Elementary Reads), and Freddie Ramos Makes a Splash (named on 2013 List of Best Children's Books of the Year by Bank Street College Committee). Jules and her family live in Northern Virginia.
Kim Smith has illustrated two picture books, including the upcoming Raven and Loon, which have been published in English and Inuktitut. She studied illustration at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta, where she currently resides.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great bi-lingual book Seven year old Sofia Martinez is the star of this children’s story book. The book actually contains three different short stories, each of which is divided into chapters and each telling about some aspect of her family life. Throughout the stories short key Spanish terms are also used and there is a Spanish Glossary to explain the meanings of these terms. This early chapter book has beautiful, vivid illustrations which bring the characters and situations to life. In each story, Sofia tries to overcome a different problem in her own inimitable manner, often with entertaining, humorous results. In the first story, she wants to stand out from her two older sisters, because she feels nobody notices her. In the second she - disastrously - tries to make a piñata and in the third she needs to re-capture a mouse, Snowflake! I like how the book is bilingual and the spanish vocabulary is colour highlighted, making it easy to spot. This colour coding will also help younger readers realise that they may well not understand the coloured text and why. This is a great way to introduce a different language in a non-threatening manner to children who have never seen or spoken it before but it will also be great for children who have grown up speaking both Spanish and English. I hope this will be a book from a series and have no hesitation in recommending it for children who are ready to read, relatively independently, early chapter books. Teachers would probably find this book a great resource for stimulating PSHE discussions as well as introducing Spanish to their pupils. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review.