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Sophie's Lovely Locks [Kindle Edition]

Erica Pelton Villnave
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 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: www.ericapelton.com

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: #197,915 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Sophia`s lovely locks May 8, 2014
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Sophia`s lovely locks is a great book I would definitely recommended this to a child of the age between 8_12
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and for a good cause!
My seven year old daughter has hair just like Sophie's, and was already planning to donate it to an organization that makes wigs for sick children when it gets an inch or two... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Janice L. Del Valle
5.0 out of 5 stars Aswom
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Published 7 months ago by clAw lovers only
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful message
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. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Riverview 246
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful message
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.
Published 10 months ago by LAUNA STOUT- Children'sBooks.BellaOnline
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for little girls
Every little girl that has long hair that struggles to take care of it should have this book! What a wonderful idea!!!
Published 10 months ago by Heidi
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story
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
Published 10 months ago by MomO3
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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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