Reviews for Helping Sophia

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Fall
These stories show a class of third graders dealing with common school dilemmas (cheating, cutting in line, disrespecting others). By talking through their problems, the kids show how good school habits are built. The texts, though easy to read, are bland and simplistic (especially Flag). A few questions at the end promote discussion. Muted illustrations show children of different ethnicities. Glos. [Review covers these Looking Glass Library: Main Street School titles: Cutting In Line Isn't Fair!, Helping Sophia, Raising the Flag, Scissors, Paper, and Sharing, Show Some Respect, and Times Tables Cheat.] Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2008 January

K-Gr 3-- These titles revolve around the students in Miss K's class and their struggle to develop life skills. In the first book, Rachel and Jessie are annoyed that Latasha is constantly cutting to the front of the line. They finally confront her and she reminds them that they sometimes jump the line when one is saving a place for the other, and in the end everyone realizes how these actions make kids feel. In Helping Sophia , classmates learn how to push Sophia's wheelchair while her helper is away. In Show Some Respect, Jack doesn't want to pick up his trash because he thinks it's the janitor's job. Isaiah explains that they all have to do their fair share and be responsible. Jack learns his lesson when he discovers that the janitor keeps the gym clean so the students can play basketball. This title is the least successful because of its unrealistic conversations between the boys. Each story ends with a glossary, questions to consider, and a list of simple classroom rules. Colorful illustrations depict a multicultural classroom. While the stories are not very stimulating, they do a decent job of imparting lessons on character development.--Alison Grant, Ruby S. Thomas Elementary School, Las Vegas, NV

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