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Sophie's Lovely Locks [Kindle Edition]

Erica Pelton Villnave
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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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,013 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Adorable book with a nice message. July 26, 2013
By Seanna
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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 her so I picked up this book immediately! As the story progresses she begins to realize that having long hair is "too much trouble" and decides to cut it off. Her mother suggests she gives it away so that they can make a wig and another little girl can have gift of having hair because two girls with short hair are better than one with long.

I understand the blessing and great gift of donating hair to charities such as Locks of Love as I have done it myself. Though I don't 100% agree on children's books suggesting that "long hair is too much trouble" so cut it off and give it to us. If parents want to have that discussion with their child then I think this book is a soft way to bridge that conversation other than that I can't recommend it to everyone.
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2 of 3 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, could have been great June 29, 2013
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We recently took my granddaughter for her very first haircut, and I wish I had this book around to talk to her about it ahead of time. Her hair was actually long enough for locks of love, but since it was her first (and only) haircut in seven years, the ends were actually baby hair.

I did like this story about Sophie, but wish that it had focused on both sides of the story instead of only Sophie's side. We meet the recipient of the hair at the end. I'm not certain if it could have been done with this age group, but carrying a parallel story with both the girl needing hair and Sophie having too much hair might have made this a deeper story and might have inspired more people to consider locks of love and locks for kids.

A nice story, but leaves my granddaughter with questions for me like, "Why doesn't the little girl have hair?"
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5.0 out of 5 stars We love this book February 26, 2015
By Carolyn
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We love this book! Beautiful story with beautiful pictures! This book inspired my then 5 year old daughter to continue to grow her hair and then cut it and donate it. We first barrowed the book from the library a year ago, and it has stick with her all year until about a month ago when she cut her hair and donated 12". I bought her this book to help honor her choice and celebrate!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ajax January 13, 2015
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different take on hair June 22, 2014
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My 5 year old granddaughter asks for this book to be read often. It tells the advantages and disadvantages of long hair using poetry and prose. Then the girl in the book gets her hair cut to donate to an organization for girls who need wigs due to cancer treatment. Very worthwhile book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars book review June 19, 2014
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I liked it when the bubble gum got stuck in her hair because it was funny. I like my lovely long hair too
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute story with nice illustrations. Sophie starts out with all the...
Cute story with nice illustrations. Sophie starts out with all the great things about her long hair, but then the trouble begins. Read more
Published 9 days ago by T. King
5.0 out of 5 stars Sophie 's Lovely Locks By Erica Peloton Villnave
IT Had a cute cover and I had long curly hair when I was a kid. This book could have helped me make think about cutting my hair a child with cancer.
Published 1 month ago by Bill Covington
5.0 out of 5 stars By my 3 year old Sophie Z.
I like when she donated her hair to another girl. I like when she put all her ponytails in her hair. When she was blowing the bubblegum on her swing and it popped it was silly.
Published 2 months ago by Christin Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
The sponsors Locks of Love have many business issues and money that are in question.....
Published 4 months ago by CMF
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
We so enjoyed this book
Published 4 months ago by Crafty nana
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I didn't get it as I didn't have the right kindle
Published 4 months ago by maribeth
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I don't dislike this book because I cannot read it. For some reason I cannot see where it is mentioned what kindle devise is required to download the book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by GrammyJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cute and very interesting!
Published 5 months ago by Phyllis Fitzgerald
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My daughter loved this story. Read it to her over and over again.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars The story starts off really great, and the overall message is pretty...
The story starts off really great, and the overall message is pretty good. However, I have a niece that has long hair, and she's been growing it out since she was born, she became... Read more
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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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