Say Hello, Sophie! – written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells

        Say Hello, Sophie! – written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells, Penguin Young Readers Group, 9781101999257, 2017

Format: hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: picture book

What did you like about the book? Sophie has a hard time saying hello, please, and thank you.  She knows she’s supposed to say it and wants to say it but just can’t get the words out! Mama and Papa have Sophie practice saying these words around the house and to each other, but when it comes to saying them to others, she just can’t do it!  Granny has the solution: she feigns pain and not being able to speak and this forces Sophie to take charge- and it works!  She says hello, please and thank you to the ice cream man!

This is a great book with awesome and classic illustrations by Rosemary Wells.  The message comes across clear and is good for kids who have trouble with conversing with strangers and people outside the family circle.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  There is nothing I didn’t like about this book.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a great book for kids who have trouble with conversing with strangers and people outside the family circle. Some read-a-likes are “Too Shy For Show and Tell” by Jennifer A. Bell and other books by Rosemary Wells.

Who should buy this book? Children’s libraries

Where would you shelve it? juvenile picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? no

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Laureen Cutrona, Townsend Public Library, Townsend, MA

Date of Review: March 28, 2017

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