Sofía is a Latina mermaid, one of the Five Enchanted Mermaids. She adores the color red, has a dolphin as a best friend, and loves to tell the truth!
Once we are introduced to Sofía, she acts as the narrator for the rest of the book, which is about helping children learn the importance of honesty.
Over the following pages, different situations unfold where children (the delightful illustrations depict human children, not mermaids) are tempted to lie. Sofía the mermaid points out two outcomes, happy and unhappy — or in Spanish, felices e infelices – that are possible results of each of the situations. The young readers learn that no matter what the motivation, lying is not the best choice.
Conoce a las sirenas: Hola, soy Sofía is ideal for educators who want to start a discussion about the importance of telling the truth.
Note: There are two editions of this book, one written entirely in English and the other in Spanish. As part of the Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2022 festivities, author Lois Petren gifted us an electronic copy of the Spanish edition of the book.
Sofía loves the color red. Look in the illustrations and/or gather objects or toys that are red (rojo). Discuss the Spanish words for them.
On the book cover Sofía has a rosa roja (red rose) in her hair and a red fan (abanico rojo) in her hand.
Extension: Explore objects of other colors and pair them with the Spanish names.
Reading age : Baby – 12 years
Publisher : Lois Petren (October 10, 2020)
ISBN-10 : 195269406X
ISBN-13 : 978-1952694066
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