Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sofia the First: Sofia's Magic Lesson by Sarah Nathan

Title: Sofia's Magic Lesson
Author: Sarah Nathan
Genre: Picture Book, Fantasy
Reading Level: Ages 4 to 6

Sofia's Magic Lesson is based on the "Cedric's Apprentice" episode of Sofia the First.  This book can be an enjoyable read for fantasy lovers whether or not they are familiar with the episode, but some familiarity with the show characters in general is helpful. 

While this book is mostly a fantasy setting, the feelings and situations can be easy to relate to everyday life.  For one, Sofia's struggling to learn magic is something kids who are having trouble learning new things, especially at school, can relate to.  Secondly, the way Sofia handles it by asking for help provides a good example of how to handle her problem.  Additionally, the way Cedric messes up when doing magic for the king is comparable to other situations that can make one nervous.  Oh, and then there's how Sofia thoughtfully helps out Cedric and gets him to reconsider trying to take over the kingdom, which relates the book's princess lesson of how "helping a friend is magical."

The detailed plot and illustrations make this a fun book for reading together with young kids.  The potential to relate it to a variety of situations kids may be going through themselves can also make it a good selection for opening up further dialogue with them.  Finally, for those familiar with the episode, this book can be a good selection for working on reading skills.

Types of Readers Book Might Appeal To & Multiple Intelligence Categories
  • Fans of Sofia the First
  • Fans of fantasy that features magic spells/wizardry
  • The way Sofia is a friend to Cedric and helps him show the king he is a great sorcerer is a good example of understanding other's feelings. (Interpersonal)
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