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Sophie's Lovely Locks [Kindle Edition]

Erica Pelton Villnave
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sophie McPhee loves her long locks. Curly, curly, fancy, twirly. Twirly, whirly, long, and girly. She thinks long hair is the best! Until...those long locks become a snarly, tangly mess. Ouch! Suddenly, long hair isn’t so much fun. And no matter what she does, Sophie can’t control that hair! Then Sophie comes up with the perfect solution—why not donate her hair to someone who really needs it?

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Gr PreK-3 Sophie loves her long, blond hair. Soft lines in the watercolor illustrations show its movement and her delight in it as she twirls and swirls. The curving lines become tighter and the scenes around Sophie more cluttered as her hair both coils in the rain and gets in the way of her energetic play. After she pops some bubblegum in her hair, she finally decides that it is too much work. A smiling Sophie sits for a haircut at the salon and a shorter-haired but stylish Sophie packs her ponytail into an envelope addressed to Locks for Kids. The next page shows a girl who looks quite a bit like Sophie delightedly trying on her new wig. Later, both girls style their shoulder-length cuts in their own mirrors. Sophie concludes that two girls with short hair are better than one girl with none. The playful main character presents the obvious message in a joyous, engaging way. Three organizations that accept donated hair are listed at the end of the book. --School Library Journal March 2011

Grades 1-5 Cute little Sophie has long, lovely locks that are curly, twirly, and girly! She can wear her hair in braids or pigtails, or flying free in the rain. As the reader can predict, Sophie does not like a snarly, tangly mess. Readers can hear the ouch and the eek as Sophie tries to untangle the mess. In order to get her hair under control, she tries a number of options which all just make her hair a bigger mess and make the reader giggle. Finally, determining her hair is too much work, she heads out for a haircut, but this haircut is special because she will donate her hair to some other little girl who needs it. This is a precious story with princess-like illustrations that are ideal for Sophie s story of love. The author s notes include contact information on Locks of Love as well as two other organizations. Highly Recommended. --Roxanne Welch Mills, Educational Reviewer, Smithfield, Virginia

About the Author

Erica Pelton Villnave studied illsutrations at The Maryland Institute College of Art. She is the illustrator of a number of books for children, including Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone? by Laura Gates Galvin and Nobody’s Perfect by Ellen Flanagan Burns. Sophie’s Lovely Locks is the first book that Erica has both written and illustrated. She was inspired to write this story by several friends, whose daughters have grown their hair long in order to donate it. Erica shares her home in upstate New York with her family. Learn more:

Product Details

  • File Size: 6850 KB
  • Print Length: 35 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 147784743X
  • Publisher: Two Lions (January 15, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RLJH0I
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,110 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good way to open a conversation July 1, 2013
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Unfortunately many children today know someone with cancer. This book is a good start to opening a conversation with small children about things they can do to help other kids. I lost my own hair to chemo treatments a few years ago. I know that the way people see you changes drastically the moment you shave your head. Looks of sorrow, pity and fear pop up in people's eyes when they see the bald head. I study Kung Fu and I just told people I wanted to look like the Shaolin Monks whom I greatly admire. I am a 65 year old grandma, so it got a few smiles, especially from my students who know me. Young kids don't seem to worry as much as adults, but young teens and women in their early years can be devastated if they can't cover up with a wig. No matter how you feel about the subject, this little story is a place to begin. My niece Sophie is now growing her curly hair to donate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very cute book! July 1, 2013
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My daughter really wanted this book, and we've been happy with it. It's essentially about a little girl who has lots of hair. There are lots of very descriptive words to describe her hair, such as curly and twirly throughout the book. She ends up making her hair a mess, and finally decides to donate her hair for another girl that requires a wig. Definitely a cute book, and one with a good message. After reading the book for the first time, we were able to have a nice discussion with my daughter about donating hair. The end of the book also has some organizations, such as locks of love, that can be used to donate hair. In my opinion, this is a great book that deserved to be written. One that little children, especially girls, will like, and then also gives you the chance to share things to your child about what can happen to other children. Again, great book!
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Since we received Sophie's Lovely Locks, my 5 year old with very long hair has been enthralled with it. The moral of the story is that 2 girls with short hair are better than one girl with long. Sophie ends up sharing her long hair which she loves (and also sometimes causes trouble) to be made into a wig for another little girl who lost her hair due to chemotherapy. This story was probably especially special for my daughter because her little brother with leukemia has recently lost his hair due to chemotherapy. I expect that most kids will love the fun illustrations and well written story. Even beyond hair, Sophie's Lovely Locks will provide parents good opportunities for discussion related to sharing, suffering, blessing, and love.

We interviewed my five year old daughter to get her take on the book. Hopefully it is helpful for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aswom January 2, 2014
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Good book good h h h h h h :) h b n n / :/ :/ still servo selected selected as f2f f2f gnu km mbbvvgg given tv :/ co Rubio
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful message October 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
My little girl has the same hair as Sophie's and as much as I love it, if she ever wanted to cut it to donate like Sophie I wouldn't argue with her a bit over it. Such a wonderful way to show a little girl how she can help another.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful message October 13, 2013
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Girls can be beautiful no matter what. They don't have to be a princess, they can just be a girl. That's a pretty powerful message these days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for little girls October 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Every little girl that has long hair that struggles to take care of it should have this book! What a wonderful idea!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story October 8, 2013
By MomO3
Format:Kindle Edition
Such a wonderful message. I work with children with cancer, and I think it's wonderful to make healthy kids aware that life isn't all about looks
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Odd approach
My 5 year old read this, and was more interested in the bad behaviour of Sophie being funny than the premise of sacrificing your locks for someone who does not have any... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Christopher Powell
4.0 out of 5 stars Daughter loves it
My daughter loves this book. She has curly hair just like Sophie. The only issue is that it's a bit over her head (she's 3) but that's hardly the fault of the book/author. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Psychic Cypher
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Locks is a Fun Read
I got this for my six year old niece who is always telling me that she wants to grow her hair looooong. Sadly she gets tangles really easily so she has to have it cut regularly. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Booklover1335
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely locks whatever the length
My daughter at 2 1/2 enjoys this book for the pictures and the way the words keep you smiling. It's a story about how a girl treats her long hair and the decision she comes to. Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. Richards
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Sophie has beautiful hair. But it is starting to be a problem. it is getting snagged and tangled. So she cuts her hair and donates it to locks of love. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gracie
4.0 out of 5 stars Adorable book with a nice message.
Sophie's Lovely Locks is about a young girl with lovely long flowing hair. When my daughter saw the picture on the outside she was so excited because she thought it was just like... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Seanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Holds their attention
We are an in home preschool/daycare for children 18 mos to kindergarten. As such we go through quite a few books. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michael L. Knapp
5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter's new favorite book!
When I picked up SOPHIE'S LOVELY LOCKS I didn't anticipate that it was going to be much beloved by my almost 4-year-old. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rhianna Walker
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More About the Author

Erica Pelton Villnave's involvement in children's literature began at The Maryland Institute College of Art. She loved the idea of using her artwork to tell stories that could inspire a child for a lifetime. Her watercolor illustrations are filled with whimsical imagery, vibrant colors and details that can guide both child and adult along wonderful journeys to any place and time. An animated cast of characters share the variety of experiences and emotions in the life of every child. Erica shares her rural home just outside of Troy, NY with her son and two very large dogs.

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