SOPHIE’S TROPHY by Susan Middleton Elya

SOPHIE’S TROPHY

Age Range: 4 - 7
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

This tale of two toads told in rhyme incorporates Spanish words into the story. “Sophie the toad, the wart-covered sapo<\b>, was fea<\b>—so ugly. Her brother was guapo<\b>. His toad warts—verrugas<\b>—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 (à 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)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-399-24199-X
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Putnam
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2006




MORE BY SUSAN MIDDLETON ELYA

ChildrenMAYA PAPAYA AND HER AMIGOS PLAY DRESS-UP by Susan Middleton Elya
by Susan Middleton Elya
ChildrenOUR CELEBRACIÓN! by Susan Middleton Elya
by Susan Middleton Elya
ChildrenLA PRINCESA AND THE PEA by Susan Middleton Elya
by Susan Middleton Elya

MORE BY VIVIANA GAROFOLI

ChildrenROSH HASHANAH IS COMING! by Tracy Newman
by Tracy Newman
ChildrenPASSOVER IS COMING! by Tracy Newman
by Tracy Newman
ChildrenHANUKKAH IS COMING! by Tracy Newman
by Tracy Newman