FICTION

Love by Sophia

S. & S./McElderry Bks. Aug. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481477901.
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Gr 1-2–Sophia and her pet giraffe Noodle are back with a story about perspective. Sophia has what sounds like a simple art assignment—draw something you love. But she isn’t happy with her work and crumples up each of her attempts. Luckily, Sophia’s teacher Mrs. Paradigm helps her learn about perspective, and Noodle is there to be the example. “To a bird flying over Noodle, his head looks huge, but his hooves small,” says Sophia as she begins to understand a bird’s-eye view. Inspired, she draws a masterpiece named “Love” that she brings home in hopes of convincing her family to hang it on their new refrigerator. Her grandmother declares the masterpiece too good for the fridge, and hangs it on the wall where everyone can enjoy it. Averbeck’s prodigious language and Ismai’s bright watercolors are in the same style as their previous “Sophia” titles. A glossary and author’s note on drawing perspective are included.
VERDICT This book follows the same structure as the two previous titles in the series; it works on its own, but is significantly better in conjunction with the other titles.

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