Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy by Craig Gerber and Catherine Hapka

Title: Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy
Author: Craig Gerber and Catherine Hapka
Genre: Picture Book, Fantasy
Reading Level: Ages 3 to 5
Multicultural: Sofia and Amber are step-sisters

In The Curse of Princess Ivy, Sofia's sister Princess Amber is jealous of Sofia's amulet. Amber steals it and ends up summoning an evil princess who takes over the kingdom and threatens to destroy the amulet. Amber and Sofia work together to save their family and the kingdom along with some brief help from Rapunzel. The breaking of the curse at the end is very reminiscent of Disney's Frozen.

Overall this is an interesting Sofia the First story, especially for siblings. As usual it has the stylized calligraphy like font that on one hand adds to the visual appeal while also having the potential of making it harder to read for some.

This book does come with a code for an eBook version, which features standard font. This can provide an easier reading experience for some, although the text is messed up and overlapping at some points. The eBook version also adds further appeal for beginning readers to have it read to them/read along.

Types of Readers Book Might Appeal To & Multiple Intelligence Categories
  • Fans of Sofia the First
  • Siblings that can relate to the feelings of jealousy and then love Amber has for Sofia. (Intrapersonal)
  • Visual learners may find the stylized font along with the illustrations appealing. (Spatial-Visual)
  • Sofia, Amber, and Cedric provide examples of working together to save the kingdom. (Interpersonal)
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