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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sophie's Animal Parade Book Review

Sophie's Animal Parade Hardcover
         by Amy Dixon (Author) Katia Wish (Illustrator)      

Book Description
 
Mama calls it Sophie’s imagination, but Sophie calls it magic. Everything Sophie draws comes to life, and one day when Sophie feels lonely, she decides to draw a friend. But the polar bear cub isn’t very happy in Sophie’s room, where it is much too warm. So Sophie tries again. But the duck wants to swim in a pool full of water. And the giraffe is too tall for the tiny room! It isn’t long after the elephant shows up that things begin to get a little too wild and Sophie must demand that everyone go outside. In the backyard, with all her new friends, Sophie meets someone new—someone who happens to be an expert lion trainer. It looks like Sophie’s magic may have worked after all.

Featuring a charming crew of animals and two children who believe in magic, this sweet and funny picture book teaches children to combat loneliness with creativity, persistence, and a little imagination. Filled with the lovely watercolor illustrations of Katia Wish, Amy Dixon’s Sophie’s Animal Parade takes children on a journey toward friendship. 
 
About the Author
 
Amy Dixon grew up as one of seven siblings, and the only peace and quiet she ever got was inside a book. Once she had her own kids, she rediscovered her love for picture books at the public library. It was the one place she knew all four of her kids would be happy . . . and quiet. She is the author of Marathon Mouse. She writes from her home, where she lives with her four little inspirations and her marathon-running husband in Clovis, California.

Katia Wish is a children’s book illustrator. She is the winner of the 2011 Tomie dePaola Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. In addition to illustrating children’s books, Katia teaches illustration at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and her work has been exhibited in galleries throughout New England. She resides in Boston, Massachusetts.
 
Age Range: 3 - 5 years
Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Sky Pony Press (May 5, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632204037
ISBN-13: 978-1632204035
 
My Review:
Sophie's Animal Parade is an adorable book about a young girl named Sophie with a wild imagination. Everything Sophie draws comes to life. Sophie is lonely so she draws lots of animals and soon has a room full of animal friends. She ushers them all outside and once outside meets a little boy who loves animals just as much as she does. The little boy says he's a great lion tamer so of course Sophie draws him a lion to tame. Sophie and the little boy become friends over their love for animals and she is no longer lonely because she has a true friend. I like that the book teaches children that real relationships are what matter. My daughter has several imaginary friends so this book really hit home with her. The Illustrator has done a wonderful job of bringing this book to life with beautiful illustrations on every page. This is a wonderful book for children aged 3-5, however my 7 year old enjoyed this book every bit as much as my younger children.

Sophie's Animal Parade can be purchased at B&N, Amazon and IndieBound.
 
Disclosure: I received product(s) for free, in exchange for my honest review. I only recommend products I've used personally, and believe will be good fit for consumers.

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