Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 17th 2015 by Viking Books for Young Readers
Format read: Finished copy via Publisher
Sophie, first introduced in Time Out For Sophie, is a two-year old called “endearing” and “irresistible” by reviewers. She returns in a story that every toddler parent will find right on target.
Author/illustrator Rosemary Wells reintroduces us to Sophie the Mouse, who has gained a baby sister. The two-year-old mouse adjusts to the change by getting creative verbally; she speaks Jellyfish, Baboon and Hyena at the top of her lungs, until her yet-to-be-named baby sister begins to complain.
Though her parents and grandmother try their best to calm the new baby sister down, it's not until Sophie uses her words, “Jane, Jane, don’t be a pain!" that Sophie shows readers that sometimes, it's a child's imagination and willingness to think beyond the box that helps yields the biggest answers in the end.
Wells shows her unparalleled knack with words and creative sentences vis-à-vis Sophie's charming creation and usage of language, and also the importance of being true to one's spirit and heart of creativity. Young and old readers alike will undoubtedly appreciate both the underlying lessons of the story, and the warm pastel drawings. Wells's characters are rich and vibrate off the page, adding another delightful angle to this winsome tale.
Final verdict: Use Your Words, Sophie, is a great reminder on the importance of recognizing and valuing imagination, and how it's sometimes those with the most creative minds who help pave the way for the rest of the family.
Highly recommend for parents who are looking for books for their young readers, and also for educators who are looking to help young dreamers see the positivity of their imaginations.
About the author:
Rosemary Wells is the author of many books for children, including the Max and Ruby books about the popular bunnies who star in their own show on Nick, Jr. In reviewing Sophie’s Terrible Twos, Publishers Weekly said: “Wells continues to demonstrate an almost telepathic gift for distilling everyday frustrations and triumphs to their essence.”