Published March 8th 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers
Rosemary Wells’s most adorable new character, two-year-old Sophie, prepares for a party and practices her counting skills. Nine guests plus Sophie are coming to Cousin Prunella’s party, and Sophie and her mother have prepared ten beautiful chocolate kisses filled with pistachio cream for dessert. Sophie can’t wait for the party to start, but a last-minute phone call announces the arrival of one extra guest. Oh, no! Ten kisses for eleven guests. Will Sophie get a chocolate kiss? Count on Grandma to save the day!
Author/illustrator Rosemary Wells reintroduces us to Sophie the Mouse, who is planning for a party with Cousin Prunella, alongside her parents. Sophie has made ten delicious chocolate kisses that she can't wait to eat, but has to wait until the morning.
However, when an unexpected guest arrives, Sophie is unsure of whether or not she'll actually get her treat. But what comes is a beautiful lesson in patience and understanding, which is just as sweet.
In Ten Kisses... Wells uses a clever combination of storytelling and wordplay, to show young readers both the importance of patience, and how practicing that patience will likely be rewarded. Younger readers will appreciate the idea that young Sophie's selfless act is recognized by the older family members around her, while also enjoying the clever lessons on counting that Wells sneaks into her warmly-accented pastel drawings.
Final verdict: Ten Kisses for Sophie is a sweet reminder on the importance of patience, and how that very patience will be recognized and appreciated by those around you.
Highly recommend for parents who are looking for books for their young readers, and also for educators who are looking to help young readers see the importance of doing the right thing.
About the author:
Rosemary Wells is the author of many popular novels and picture books, including the books featuring Max and Ruby, the beloved bunnies who star in their own show on Nick Jr. She has written three previous books about two-year-old Sophie, all of which have been praised by reviewers for their perceptive, spot-on depiction of infuriating and adorable toddler behavior. Rosemary is a tireless advocate of early literacy and travels widely speaking on the subject.