Official Review: Sofie at Dance by Suzan Johnson

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Official Review: Sofie at Dance by Suzan Johnson

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Sofie at Dance" by Suzan Johnson.]
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Utilizing strengths and weaknesses, accepting rejection, overcoming doubt, and trying new things - all these lessons are taught in a short children's book. Sofie at Dance by Suzan Johnson subtly accomplishes this task in a story perfect for young readers.

Sofie's mother encourages her to try dance lessons. The reluctant third-grader attends her first class and makes a friend. These two girls persevere and thrive by helping each other overcome their shortcomings. The tale ends with a cliff hanger, which I assume will lead to a sequel.

Susan Shorter's illustrations are delightful. The faces match the emotions of what the characters are experiencing. The pastel colors keep the tone light, cheerful, and feminine. This book is gender-specific. All the characters are female. However, in one of the illustrations, some family portraits are displayed on the wall in the stairway; a father figure is in one of those pictures. The illustrations do show diversity through the skin color of the two girls and their mothers.

Vocabulary choices and length of text on each page are suitable for the intended audience. There was one phrase ("in the same boat") that might be confusing for an eight-year-old. Another scene that might not be understood occurs at the beginning of the story. Sofie comes downstairs, and the narrator mentions that she is wearing her favorite Eagles softball shirt. "When her mom saw her in the shirt, she knew how Sofie was feeling." Adults may infer that Sofie is a girl who likes sports more than dance lessons, but younger children might not make the connection.

Suzan Johnson has achieved a perfect balance by making a story interesting to younger readers while embedding some important life lessons. I envision this series being followed by eager students who want to learn more about Sofie. This desire to know more about her life should help develop a lifelong love of reading.

Some stylistic choices bothered me, but they were not actual errors and will certainly be unnoticed by any children who read the book. I am rating this as a 4 out of 4. The book is perfect for young readers and should be entertaining enough for adults to read to children.

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It is important for parents to encourage their kids to try out new things and have fun. I’m glad that Sofia even got to find a new friend at the dance. I can only imagine all the new adventures that Sofia will now be willing to take.

Great review!

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Parents ask kids to try new things - that sounds very familiar. It should be a good read with the kids. Thank you for the honest review!

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This sounds like a book thst i can enjoy reading to my child. A book that will encourage young ones to try new things smd step out of their comfort zone a bit. Thank you for the good review.

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Great story, parents should always encourage their kids.

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This seems like a wonderful story for little girls. Great review!

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Christieee wrote:
12 Sep 2020, 07:27
It is important for parents to encourage their kids to try out new things and have fun. I’m glad that Sofia even got to find a new friend at the dance. I can only imagine all the new adventures that Sofia will now be willing to take.

Great review!
Thank you for myour comment.

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Ada Ling wrote:
12 Sep 2020, 13:34
Parents ask kids to try new things - that sounds very familiar. It should be a good read with the kids. Thank you for the honest review!
I appreciate your comments.

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Callme joan wrote:
13 Sep 2020, 11:08
This sounds like a book thst i can enjoy reading to my child. A book that will encourage young ones to try new things smd step out of their comfort zone a bit. Thank you for the good review.
I hope your child enjoys reading it with you.

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Natasha_ 1 wrote:
13 Sep 2020, 13:02
Great story, parents should always encourage their kids.
I agree. Thank you for your comments.

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Mbrooks2518 wrote:
13 Sep 2020, 13:13
This seems like a wonderful story for little girls. Great review!
Thanks for leaving a review.

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diana lowery wrote:
14 Sep 2020, 15:33
Christieee wrote:
12 Sep 2020, 07:27
It is important for parents to encourage their kids to try out new things and have fun. I’m glad that Sofia even got to find a new friend at the dance. I can only imagine all the new adventures that Sofia will now be willing to take.

Great review!
Thank you for myour comment.
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This book looks like a lovely children's book with emphasis on strengths and weaknesses, accepting rejection, overcoming doubt, and trying new things. Children should definitely love this book.
life is only knowing the unknown, we can do this by reading books easily- I believe this is my own quote. If someone quoted this before I am glad to know.

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sanjus wrote:
Yesterday, 05:01
This book looks like a lovely children's book with emphasis on strengths and weaknesses, accepting rejection, overcoming doubt, and trying new things. Children should definitely love this book.
Thank you for your comment. I think most adults could use these lessons, too.

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