One Word from Sophia
by Jim Averbeck, illustrated by Jasmeen Ismail
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015
Sophia has one true desire for her birthday, a giraffe. But she has four problems: her mother, who is a judge; her father, who is a businessman; her uncle, who is a politician; and her Grand-mama, who is very strict.
She prepares for and delivers to her mom, the judge, a very wordy courtroom argument why she should have a giraffe. But her mom cites flaws in her argument and says she is too verbose. She then prepares and delivers a sales pitch to her father, the businessman. But her dad finds serious obstacles and says she is too effusive. She then approaches her uncle and grand-mama, but with similar results. She then approaches her family and shortens her speech to just one word—Please! It worked and she gets her giraffe. The rest of the story is so compeling, the one word request comes as a surprise.
The book bring new vocabulary words, economic principles, and political strategies to a child’s level. Cleverly written, boldly illustrated with loose lines and colors. Probably better for the 6-7 year old. Perfect for the child that likes to argue!