One Word from Sophia

Illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail
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About The Book

Sophia tries varied techniques to get the giraffe she wants more than anything in this playfully illustrated story about the nuances of negotiation.

Sophia has one true desire for her birthday. But she has Four Big Problems in the way: Mom, Dad, Uncle Conrad...and Grand-mama.

Will her presentations, proposals, and pie charts convince them otherwise?

Turns out, all it takes is one word.

About The Author

Photograph by Tim O’Meara

Jim Averbeck is the author of One Word from Sophia and Two Problems for Sophia, illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail; In a Blue Room, illustrated by Tricia Tusa; and of the novel A Hitch at the Fairmont. He is also the author and illustrator of the picture books Oh No, Little Dragon! and Except If. He studied children’s book writing and illustration at the University of California Berkeley and now makes his home in San Francisco. You can visit him at JimAverbeck.com.

About The Illustrator

Yasmeen Ismail is a London-based, award-winning animator and illustrator. She is currently working on several picture books for publishers in the US and the UK, including Time for Bed Fred. Visit her at YasmeenIsmail.co.uk.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 2015)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481405140
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® AD770L ? The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

**Starred Review** “From the first page to thelast, Sophia's energy, creativity, and innovative critical thinking willentertain both adults and children.. A must-read.”

– Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Awards and Honors

  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title
  • Colorado CLEL Bell Picture Book Shortlist
  • Wisconsin State Reading Association's Reading List
  • Flicker Tale Children's Book Nominee (ND)

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