Age 5 and up.
In Istanbul, on the shores of the Golden Horn, six-year-old Sofia is lonely and dreams of climbing rainbows. She spends long hours on a terrace overlooking the water waiting for a rainbow to approach. She befriends Incir (In-jir), a stray kitten who eats figs and is afraid of heights. Sofia mocks Incir for his oddities and bullies him when he hides under the bed and refuses to set foot on the terrace with her. Their differences jeopardize their friendship. One day, a rainbow forms next to Sofia’s terrace, and, with no hesitation, she climbs it. But as Sofia reaches the top, the rainbow begins to thin out. Terrified, Sofia screams for help. Despite his fear of heights, it is Incir who gallops to the terrace and up the rainbow and leads Sofia to safety. From her adventure, Sofia learns that there are creatures in this world that do not share our dreams and do things differently. They can still be our friends, and we should love them and accept them the way they are.
|Publisher:||Moonleaf Publishing, LLC|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||9 MB|
|Age Range:||6 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Laura Furlan worked for many years in the gastronomy sector as an illustrator, reporter, and translator. As a cat lover, she was excited to bring to life Sofia’s cat, Incir. Furlan currently resides in Milan, Italy, with her husband and two daughters.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I still dont care but im sorry for being mean with the last thing.
Description: Sofia is a beautiful, but lonely, little girl who dreams about climbing rainbows in her home city of Istanbul (Turkey), but the stray kitten she befriends, Incir, only wishes to eat figs and hates heights. Although she likes Incir, she wishes he was more like her, and berates him about his fears, until the day she climbs a dissipating rainbow and Incir jumps in to rescue her. Review: As always, I love when a children's book has a strong message, and Sofia's Rainbow has lessons to teach - Just because someone/something is different, does not mean that they cannot be your friend; sometimes the differences make better friendships. I liked how Sofia and Incir interacted throughout the book, their relationship changing because neither of them wanted the same things. Many children (readers) can relate to this story-line because it is not always easy to embrace people/things/behaviors that are unfamiliar or strange. This is why there are so many children, and adults, who are bullied and mistreated today. No one has taught these individuals that it is the differences that make us who we are, which is why this book is so important for children to read. Lina Simoni's creative and well-written story is full of wonderful cultural references and challenging vocabulary. There are forty-eight pages, each containing one or more of Laura Furlan's beautiful poly-chromatic illustrations. I especially enjoyed the depictions and expressions of Sofia and Incir, and I know that kids will too! A very unique children's book recommended for all ages! Rating: Clean Getaway (5/5) *** I received this book from the author (Bostick Communications) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Lina Simoni has written a charming children's book that, as with all fine children's books, has a resounding, important message for humanity. Accompanying Lina Simoni's fine writing are the illustrations by Laura Furlan: together they have created a book of wonder and warmth. Sofia is a little girl with black curly hair who lives in Istanbul and who loves the view of the Mamara Sea - at all times of the day: she is especially fond of the frequent rainbows that form over the water, wishing that she could climb the rainbow! Sofia's father is a shoemaker and one day she accompanies her father into the city where they discover a mother cat and her kittens. Sofia asks to take one, her father agrees, and they bring the smallest thinnest kitten home only to discover that the cat has odd habits - the cat won't climb, won't drink milk from a bowl, sleeps on the floor on his back with feet extended and prefers eating figs to milk. Sofia names her cat Incir (Turkish for 'fig') and pleads with her cat to be normal. Frustrated, one day a rainbow forms close to Sofia's baluster on her terrace and Sofia is able to fulfill her dream and climb the rainbow. But once on the rainbow there is no way down - until Incir intervenes. Sofia's view of Incir changes - just because different people (or cats) do different things than us does not mean we can't be friends. This is a well designed, well illustrated and very well written book for children. Another factor that makes it important is that it shares another culture for children to appreciate. Very highly recommended. Grady Harp