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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Sofia Valdez, Future Prez carries the empowering message for kids that you can make a difference even if you're young -- and nobody should make you feel like you can't. This is the fourth picture book in a best-selling series by author Andrea Beaty and illustrator David Roberts, the team behind Rosie Revere, Engineer, Ada Twist, Scientist, and Iggy Peck, Architect, which all have the same distinctive graph-paper background on their covers. With diverse characters, a rhyming story, and a sense of humor, this tale of community improvement helps kids understand that they have a voice in what happens on their streets and near their homes. The vocabulary can challenge more advanced readers, and the rhythm and rhyme of the sentences will help newer readers move through the story. There’s a nice amount of diversity here in both the bits of Spanish language and the varying skin colors on the pages.
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What's the story?
In SOFIA VALDEZ, FUTURE PREZ, young Sofia is prompted to take action to clean up a local landfill when her loving abuelo is hurt while they’re out helping their neighbors. She decides to turn the dump into a park, but when she visits City Hall, everyone tells her she can’t get that done because she’s just a kid. Sofia refuses to take no for an answer and shows the world that second-graders should be taken seriously when they talk, especially when they say they want to make a difference in the world.
Is it any good?
This charming book about kid activism delivers the powerful message that that no one should be told they can’t accomplish something just because they’re young. There's a nice rhythm to Andrea Beaty's words as they wind around David Roberts' engaging illustrations in Sofia Valdez, Future Prez. Young readers will enjoy that they have to turn the book all around to follow the sentences snaking through the pages. More advanced readers will be challenged by the vocabulary and the concentration it takes to read that way at a steady pace.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the adults react to Sofia's ideas in Sofia Valdez, Future Prez. Might they have responded differently to her call to action if she had been an older kid or an adult? Do you ever feel like people don't take you seriously because you're a kid?
Have you ever wanted to do something to make a difference but felt like you couldn’t? What happened? Did you try anyway?
What other books about young leaders have you read?
- Author: Andrea Beaty
- Illustrator: David Roberts
- Genre: For Beginning Readers
- Topics: Activism, Adventures, Great Girl Role Models, Misfits and Underdogs
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
- Publication date: November 5, 2019
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 5 - 7
- Number of pages: 40
- Available on: Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: November 6, 2019
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