Sofia Valdez, Future Prez (The Questioneers) Hardcover – November 5, 2019
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I love that Sofia found a problem that effected not just her family but the whole community and went to work. I also like that it was a total kid-friendly problem.
I like that Andrea Beatty included some real world processes too about how to get things approved through local governments.
The use of Sofi vs Sofia mentioned in another review didn’t bother me just like Iggy Peck also being called by his full name of Ignacious or Rosie Revere being called Rosie not Rose didn’t bother me. People are called by nicknames all the time. (Plus it helps the rhyme be stellar!) ;)
Even her nickname, Sofi, works perfectly with the cadence of this beautifully rhymed book!
'Sofia Valdez did as much as she could
for her family and friends and her whole neighborhood.
A dreamer. A doer. A real-life go-getter.
Most people like Good
but Sofia liked Better.'
This is an absolutely wonderful book. My daughter is three, and it is her favorite. She loves Rosie Revere and Ada Twist too! (Her name is Ada, which is what brought me to Beaty's books in the first place!) I love reading her stories about strong, determined kids. I especially love that the author has three books for younger kids that feature female-identifying protagonists, and two children of color! I'm helping my son's school find books with diverse characters for his library, and it's utterly shocking how few there are.
On top of the very important issue of representation, this book is just an absolute delight. The rhyme scheme is so much fun and so engaging for kids 2-5. The illustrations are adorable, lovely, and really funny. They're also very detailed. My daughter loves finding all the little things in each book.
This book has an especially strong message in light of the current political atmosphere worldwide. Good can prevail. We can take our power and do great things, no matter how small our voices might seem. We can be brave because that means 'doing the thing you must do, though your heart quakes with fear.' We can go up and face city hall; we can do big things together. In a world I view with more and more cynicism each day, Beaty's books are a breath of fresh air. I can only hope my kids keep these messages in their hearts as time goes on. Can't wait for more books in the series!
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Worth having and good morals (as with all the serires) but if you are starting out in this series I'd recommend one of those two, or maybe Iggy Peck first.