Sunday, October 2, 2011

Review of Christian Children's Book, "Sophie, Pay Attention (Rhoda, you too)!"

Sophie has a problem. In fact, she has two. Her first problem is that she has trouble paying attention, and the second is that most people don’t believe her, maybe because of the first problem. Sophie is eight years old, the younger of the two girls in her family.

Unfortunately Sophie forgets important things. She forgets to do her homework and sometimes she forgets to take it to school after it’s done. That causes some major problems for her, with her teacher and with her mom and dad.

Sophie’s story is presented in first person and is very realistic for young children, for whom it was written. One of my colleagues read the story to her granddaughters, ages seven and five, and found them so interested they didn’t want their grandma to put the book down.

It’s a Christian story but it is not preachy and compares the life of Sophie with Rhoda in the biblical book of Acts. Rhoda also had a problem with people believing her story. Her life is presented so realistically through Sophie’s Sunday school teacher that Sophie has no trouble believing it. In fact, the story makes perfect sense to her, since she and Rhoda have something in common. The story challenges Sophie to do the right thing, like Rhoda did, even when people don’t believe her.

Sophie’s story is told in eight, short chapters and is perfect for children about six to ten years old.
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Susan said...

What a lovely review - thank you so much! I am really happy that your colleague's granddaughters enjoyed the story!

Julie@comehaveapeace said...

It sounds like a really relevant presentation of Rhoda's story for girls today!