The Adventures of Sophie Mouse Series
By Carrie Kingsley,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Cheerful stories about animal friends' kindness and honesty.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Sophie and her friends don't just learn in school; social-emotional lessons about perseverance, taking time to listen, and navigating friendships are a big part of this series.
These books have a big focus on being a good community member: When a friend is having a hard time, others want to help. When Sophie is filled with doubt or fear, she takes time to think about why she feels that way, and how to improve things.
Positive Role Models
All the adults in Silverlake Forest are kind and helpful, and all the kids look out for each other at school, at home, and when they're on adventures. The series is a little slice of constant kindness.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Poppy Green's The Adventures of Sophie Mouse series gives young readers a clear, simple view of friendship. The town is idyllic, and the friends' adventures are nothing but sweet: building forts by the lake, helping at a town festival, making a new kid feel welcome at school, doing art projects. While some of the gender roles are stereotypical, the normalcy of Sophie's dad cooking dinner when her mom is at work is nice to see. This series is a good start for readers new to chapter books, filled with illustrations and simple words, but with long enough sentences and chapters to make readers feel accomplished.
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What's the Story?
A trio of best friends finds laughter and fun in THE ADVENTURES OF SOPHIE MOUSE, a kindhearted series set in the tranquil and beautiful town of Silverlake Forest. Sophie Mouse, Hattie Frog, and Owen Snake go to school together at Ms. Wise's one-room schoolhouse, and spend their afternoons and summers meandering around their sweet town. In the series, there's a new kid who seems different, a harvest festival to prepare for, cakes to bake, forts to build, flowers to paint, and lots of friendly adventures to be had. Sophie is an artist, always looking for new berries, barks and flowers to make paint colors, and her creative eye is a part of most of the books.
Is It Any Good?
The stories and characters are a little formulaic, but this series is surprisingly good. It's gentle, a little funny, with great pacing, and will keep the interest of readers new to chapter books. The cheerful illustrations on every page show that there's no scary, daredevil adventuring for these friends, but that they do have a ton of fun together. Sophie Mouse is sweet without being saccharine, has vocabulary that will stretch young readers just enough, and keeps coming back to the importance of kindness.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how, when friends in The Adventures of Sophie Mouse feel left out, they stop to think about the situation rather than immediately getting mad at others. What happens in your group of friends when someone's feelings are hurt?
Sophie isn't always patient with Winston, her little brother. How do you think Winston feels about being the youngest one among them?
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- Author: Poppy Green
- Illustrator: Jennifer A. Bell
- Genre: For Beginning Readers
- Topics: Adventures, Brothers and Sisters, Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Publication date: January 20, 2015
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 5 - 9
- Number of pages: 117
- Available on: Paperback, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: June 2, 2022
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