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Sophie's Lovely Locks by [Villnave, Erica Pelton]
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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)
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RLJH0I
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,348 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Jacob and Kiki Hantla TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 29, 2013
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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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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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The book was an easy ready for my 7 year old. But the content touched home for her, as she recently donated 14 inches of her thick, silky jet black hair. I was so proud of her decision but some people had made her feel self conscious. So, this book was perfect. She even took it to school to share and read it to her 2nd grade class.
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Cute story with nice illustrations. Sophie starts out with all the great things about her long hair, but then the trouble begins. She finds out there are many disadvantages to long hair as well! Getting her hair cut and donating the hair was a nice solution.
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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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This is the perfect book for reading to my daughter before she donated her hair. I would highly recommend because it made it more real why she was donating and how much to meant to other children/people.
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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 longer. When she saw Sophie, she yelled, "That's me! That's me exactly!" What a special connection this adorable book makes!
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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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