Book Review of Sophia and Sinclair Get Lost!
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The Children’s Book Review
Written by Colleen Olle
Illustrated by Marcy Tippmann
Ages 4+ | 40 Pages
Publisher: California Sister Press, LLC (2023) | ISBN-13: 9781736136638
What to Expect: Getting lost, loneliness, problem-solving, positive thinking, and diversity.
In this fun and gentle take on the classic tortoise and hare story, readers learn that different ways of doing things are not necessarily wrong.
When Sinclair the Turtle and Sophia the Rabbit’s friends are too busy to play with them, they decide to have some fun in a hay maze. However, things don’t go as planned. Sophia wants to speed ahead. Sinclair intends to take his time. Grumpy and frustrated with each other, the two friends go different ways and soon get lost.
Two mice and a mole offer their help, but Sinclair and Sophia still can’t find each other—or the way out of the maze! Then, Sophia has an idea—she’ll try pausing and thinking, like Sinclair would. And Sinclair has an idea—he’ll keep moving until he finds the way out, just like Sophia would! By celebrating each other’s differences, the two friends soon find their way out and back to each other.
Readers will easily empathize with the two bickering friends and their fear and frustration at getting lost. Like the best fables, the story ends happily and with an important lesson—sometimes, we need to see through someone else’s eyes to solve a problem. Softly colored ink and watercolor illustrations breathe life into the serene farm and countryside, vividly portraying its charming animal inhabitants. The text is longer in form than a typical picture book, perfect for more advanced readers, while text effects, sound words, and repetition help less advanced readers interpret the text easily.
Sophia and Sinclair Get Lost! is a lovely story with an important message for young readers.
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About the Author
Colleen Olle writes incisive and quietly funny literary fiction and charming, naturalistic children’s picture books. She is a member of 12 x 12, the California Writers Club–San Francisco Peninsula Branch, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
The oldest of five, she grew up in southeast Michigan and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her talented husband, co-author of the children’s picture book Sophia and Sinclair Go on an Adventure!
For more information, visit https://colleenolle.com/.
About the Illustrator
Marcy Tippmann is a graduate of The Art Academy of Cincinnati, where she studied illustration and graphic design. She has been working as an artist for the past 19 years, focusing mainly on children’s book illustration.
Marcy lives part of the year in the Pacific Northwest and the other part aboard a 43-foot sailboat, exploring the waters of the Caribbean with her partner and their truffle-hunting Chihuahua mix, Gustave.
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