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Sophie skates
Isadora, Rachel.
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Publication Information:
New York : Putnam's Sons, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Uses a story about a young girl who loves to ice skate to introduce the sport: the parts and care of skates, the techniques of different skating moves, and ice skating competitions.
Reading Level:
550 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.0 0.5 34588.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.7 2 Quiz: 20786.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
PIC.BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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For any child who wants to know about ice skating, from lacing up skates to proper clothes, from basics to freestyle, Sophie Skates is the perfect introduction. Sophie takes lessons five mornings and three afternoons a week. We go with her to class and watch her glide, jump, spin--and of course, fall!--with both grace and determination as she prepares for her upcoming competition. Captions label skates, clothes, and moves, and provide advice on getting up from the ice, choosing clothes, performing spins, jumps, and more. Sophie shows us the dedication involved in becoming a professional, but most of all, she shows us just how much she loves to skate!

Author Notes

Rachel Isadora was born and raised in New York City. Rachel studied at the School of American Ballet and was a dancer with the Boston Ballet until a foot injury. She went from being a ballet dancer to an author and illustrator.

The first title she wrote and illustrated was Max. Since then she has written many others including Golden Bear, Ben's Trumpet, Nick Plays Baseball, Caribbean Dream, Mr. Moon and Not Just Tutus.

Her works have earned her several awards including the Caldecott Honor Award and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award. Her title Max, was named an ALA Notable Book.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. Isadora, well known for such realistic glimpses into the world of ballet as Lili at Ballet (1993), offers an equally satisfying look at ice skating. Sophie, age eight, begins her day with a 5:00 a.m. skating lesson. She goes to school, and then returns to the rink for a private lesson as she prepares for a competition. On the large, white pages are graceful watercolors depicting all sorts of specific details--the proper way to lace skates, ice-skating moves, the way to get up from a fall ("the blade has to be flat on the ice"), and the costumes Sophie will wear in competition. Ballet fans will not be disappointed, either, as a double-page spread shows how the moves in ballet translate to skating. This provides an excellent balance between information (the pictures of equipment and moves are labeled) and a profile of a believable little Asian American girl living the exhausting, exhilarating life many little girls dream of. --Susan Dove Lempke

Publisher's Weekly Review

Isadora (Lili at Ballet) opens the window on another discipline with this engaging and informative book. Eight-year-old Sophie has set her sights on becoming a professional ice skater, devoting five mornings and three afternoons a week to lessons at the rink, and now she prepares for a competition. The story line gracefully shares space with watercolor sidebars that give behind-the-scenes background (for example, the proper way to tie a skate, the types of clothes skaters wear, how to get up after a fall). A master at capturing bodies in motion, Isadora also delineates the various moves, from backward wiggles ("Move your hips from side to side and pretend you're a puppy wagging your tail") to laybacks, toe loops and spins. There's even a little ballet tucked in, as Sophie takes two ballet lessons a week. Perhaps most importantly, however, Isadora captures the sheer joy that fuels young athletes: thinking about the competition, Sophie says, "I won't have to remember to smile. This program is so much fun!" A winning score for Isadora once again. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-Repeating the formula she used in Lili at Ballet (Putnam, 1993), Isadora turns her attention to figure skating, rounding out her story of a fictional child with relevant information about the sport. Young readers are sure to admire eight-year-old Sophie, who is pursuing her dream of becoming a professional ice skater. While she clearly loves to skate, her story emphasizes the hard work, time, and dedication required to excel in the sport. Captions for the watercolor illustrations sometimes provide informative facts but are the book's weakest aspect. (A novice skater's free skate would be shorter than indicated, and the position shown for "shoot the duck" is incorrect.) Even so, children will love poring over the pictures of children skating. Isadora remains one of the best at illustrating rhythm and athletic movement. Rely on stronger titles in your nonfiction section for the skating information, and save Sophie Skates for its picture of a likable girl hard at work becoming a star.-Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries, NE (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.