A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Young readers will learn fun words like "kibosh" and more difficult words like "commission" and "government," and Spanish words like "abuelo," te amo" and "mi vida" are sprinkled throughout this inspiring look at how community involvement can make a difference in at City Hall.
Sofia focuses on doing what’s right and helpful even though it’s hard.
Positive Role Models
Young Sofia shows compassion, persistence, and resourcefulness throughout the story. Sofia has lots of support from her abuelo (grandfather) and eventually gets the support of adults in her community to help make her dream a reality.
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.
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.
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