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Sophie's Lovely Locks [Kindle Edition]

Erica Pelton Villnave
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 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?

Editorial Reviews


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: #34,591 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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for girls! June 11, 2014
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I purchased this for my niece. A charming book for girls that teaches a lesson on giving to those in need. Cute illustrations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great girly book May 29, 2014
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I really loved reading this book to the girls. It was very colorful and animated. It is a short book but it will keep your child's attention.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute girly and for a good cause May 23, 2014
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Would have bought it even without the charity aspect. My little one loves the pretty pictures and funny situations. Worth the time and money.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cute and very interesting!
Published 6 days 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 7 days 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
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars She has been reading it pretty much every night now
My daughter absolutely loves this story. She has been reading it pretty much every night now.
Published 27 days ago by KarBec
5.0 out of 5 stars My girls loved this and one has decided to grow her hair ...
My girls loved this and one has decided to grow her hair out so she can donate it too!
Thank you for inspiring, promoting kindness and helping those who are need of a wig. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Mollie M
5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter really likes this book.
Recommended for girls with long hair to introduce them to the idea of donating their hair to help someone who needs a wig.
Published 1 month ago by Gary L. Hartley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
My 7 yr old daughter enjoyed reading this book.
Published 2 months ago by Sapphyrez
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a lovely story
The kids really enjoyed this book. It teaches empathy, compassion and how we can make another's life much more fulfilled by doing a simple act of kindness. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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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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