In this thirteenth charming book of The Adventures of Sophie Mouse series, Sophie hosts the very first Silverlake Art Show!
Sophie has a brilliant idea: she’s going to host the very first Silverlake Art Show! After all, she loves to draw and paint and she likes looking at art too. With the help of Hattie Frog and Owen Snake, Sophie puts together the whole event. And when the big night comes, she expects to be the star of the show. But she gets a surprise when she realizes...she’s not! Who is this mystery artist that everyone is chirping and buzzing about?
With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Adventures of Sophie Mouse chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.
About the Author
Poppy Green can talk to animals! Unfortunately, they never talk back to her. So she started writing in order to imagine what they might say and do when humans aren’t watching. Poppy lives on the edge of the woods in Connecticut, where her backyard is often a playground for all kinds of wildlife: birds, rabbits, squirrels, voles, skunks, deer, and the occasional wild turkey.
Jennifer A. Bell is an illustrator whose work can be found on greeting cards, in magazines, and in over a dozen children’s books. She lives with her husband, son, and cranky cat in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Read an Excerpt
Silverlake Art Show
The surface of Forget-Me-Not Lake was as smooth as glass. It reflected the colorful morning sky like a mirror.
Sophie Mouse dipped her brush into the gray-blue paint. She touched it to the canvas. It was her first brushstroke of the day.
There was nothing to distract her. No breeze ruffled the water or the wildflowers. No other animals were about. It was still early. Soon water birds might show up to splash and play. And before long, Sophie’s friends Hattie Frog and Owen Snake would arrive. The day before, they had made plans to meet for rafting and swimming.
Sophie had come early to paint in the peace and quiet. She lost track of time as she studied each part of the landscape: the different shades of yellow in the sky, the shapes of the shadows in the marsh grass, the glints of sunlight on the water.
Sophie mixed a dozen different colors. She painted the background first, then the foreground. Then she worked on filling in details.
At one point, she stepped back from the canvas to look at her work. “Hmm, maybe too much yellow?” Sophie asked herself aloud.
“I don’t think so,” someone suddenly replied.
Sophie jumped and whirled around.
It was Hattie, with Owen at her side.
“Sorry! Did I startle you?” Hattie asked.
“Didn’t you hear us coming?” Owen added. “Hattie was even humming.”