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Book Review
SOFIA MARTINEZ
My Family Adventure
By Jacqueline Jules
Illustrated by Kim Smith
Published by Picture Window Books
ISBN 978-1-4795-5790-5
96 pages
Age level: 8 years old and up

Every seven-year old girl has her own set of adventures, and SOFIA MARTINEZ is no different.
In this book, we meet Sofia in three different stories as she finds her way through such adventures.

Each story (PICTURE PERFECT, ABUELA’S BIRTHDAY and THE MISSING MOUSE) is presented in chapter form, each in three chapters. This arrangement provides a fine introduction into the world of chapter books that are sure to be in the future of the young reader.

PICTURE PERFECT deals with Sofia’s need to be seen as someone special. She finds a way in her young mind to bring about such results that find her family enjoying her plan.

ABUELA’S BIRTHDAY finds Sofia planning a surprise for her grandmother – a piñata. In the process of getting the piñata made, complications arise thanks to the family cat and a few other conditions that raise Sofia’s level of concern. All comes out well after all with the help of Sofia’s siblings and cousins.

THE MISSING MOUSE brings some of the same characters into a story about a pet, about how that pet presents some problems, and how those problems are solved.

All three stories are fun to read. They are offered in a proper level of vocabulary for the younger reader. Spanish words, which are used multiple times throughout the book to encourage easy learning, are printed in red and are explained in a glossary at the back of the book. The print is spaced to allow for easy reading. Illustrations feature Sofia in her various situations, using a good splash of color throughout.

As part of the Multicultural Children’s Book Day, the following is required to be part of this blog:

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Mission: Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day, Mia and Valarie are on a mission to change all of that. Their mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries. Another goal of this exciting event is create a compilation of books and favorite reads that will provide not only a new reading list for the winter, but also a way to expose brilliant books to families, teachers, and libraries.

The co-creators of this unique event are Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press.

Our CoHosts: We have NINE amazing Co-Hosts.
Africa to America
All Done Monkey
The Educators’ Spin on It
Growing Book by Book
InCultural Parent
Kid World Citizen
Mama Smiles
Multicultural Kid Blogs
Sprout’s Bookshelf

MCCBD’s 2015 Sponsors include Platinum Sponsors: Wisdom Tales Press, Daybreak Press Global Bookshop, Gold Sponsors: Satya House, MulticulturalKids.com, Author Stephen Hodges and the Magic Poof, Silver Sponsors: Junior Library Guild, Capstone Publishing, Lee and Low Books, The Omnibus Publishing. Bronze Sponsors:Double Dutch Dolls, Bliss Group Books, Snuggle with Picture Books Publishing, Rainbow Books, Author FeliciaCapers, Chronicle Books Muslim Writers Publishing ,East West Discovery Press.

• A Special Thank You to the Children’s Book Council for their contribution and support.
We’re also partnering with First Book to offer a Virtual Book Drive that will help donate multicultural children’s books through their channels during the week of the event. We want to help get diversity books into the hands of kids who most need it and now we have a way to do it! The Virtual Book Drive is LIVE and can be found HERE.

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