Sofia Martinez: My Family Adventure
illustrated by Kim Smith
Sofia Martinez is one of my new favorite characters. She is smart. She is funny. She loves her family. And I just wish that she was a real girl who came to my library programs. Because she is cool. This book is a collection of three Sofia stories. In the first Sofia is trying to figure out her place/her importance in her family. Not just her immediate family but among her cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandmother. In the second story Sofia decides that she and her cousins need to do something special for her Abuela. Of course there are a few mishaps along the way, but I love how her heart is in the right place. Then in the final story there is a smallish adventure with an escaped mouse. For each of these stories Sofia is her stylin’ self and her family loves her for it. Although Sofia is also a bit of a handful as well.
This isn’t a long book. So those who are just learning to read chapter books will love the large font, the bright illustrations, and the abundance of white space in-between each of the lines of text. And those adults who might have to help youngsters read will enjoy the fact that the book is actually interesting and well-written. (And that Sofia is so great.) And since there are quite a few Spanish words thrown into the text here and there (but done in such a way that readers will know the gist of the meanings) there is also a glossary with definitions as to what all those beautifully-placed Spanish words mean. This would be a great book to read aloud in areas where there is a strong Latina culture or where there is a Spanish immersion program. Or where teachers would like to introduce young readers to a spunky and lovable Sofia. (Can you tell I like this book, or what?)
Picture Window Books, Capstone, 2015
AGES: Elementary School