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SOFIA AND THE PURPLE DRESS / SOFÍA Y EL VESTIDO MORADO by Diane Gonzales Bertrand

SOFIA AND THE PURPLE DRESS / SOFÍA Y EL VESTIDO MORADO

by Diane Gonzales Bertrand & illustrated by Lisa Fields & translated by Gabriela Baeza Ventura

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: May 31st, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-55885-701-8
Publisher: Piñata Books/Arté Público

A quinceañera and a special purple dress serve as inspiration for a little girl to change her lifestyle with exercise and healthier foods.

Third-grader Sofía is used to wearing her older cousin Rosario's hand-me-down sweaters and shirts, but when a beautifully fitted dress especially given to her for Rosario’s upcoming event is much too tight, her mother gently notes that Sofía has “a little extra here and there.” Losing weight is not easy, but Mom suggests that she and sister Mari can do it together by exercising and eliminating sodas and junk food. Despite some initial grumbling, for the next two months, Sofía, Mari and Mom begin to walk to and from school, eat fruits and veggies for snacks, enjoy dancing to music at home, and have fun ice skating. The happy result is a leaner and more energetic Sofía wearing her fitted dress proudly at Rosario’s party. A combination of collage, acrylic and crayon delineate a richly bronze-toned and dark-haired Latino family in daily life, all shopping, playing and working together to reach a goal. Plump round faces and bellies gradually slim down, with happy smiles all around. The dialogue-driven bilingual English/Spanish text emphasizes that hard work, moral support and determination can successfully meet a challenge.

Sofía’s best realization is that her new lifestyle can lead to other positive accomplishments, which helps to cut the didacticism of this good-hearted book. (activity sheet) (Picture book. 5-8)