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Sophie Takes to the Sky

Written by Katherine Woodfine

Illustrated by Briony May Smith

Part of the Little Gems Series

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Sophie Takes to the Sky Review

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 7+ readers People / Places

Interest Age 5-8 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2019

A wonderful adventure for a little girl who overcomes all her fears and gets an unexpected flight in a hot air balloon. Nick-named Scaredy Cat -Sophie by her sister, Sophie seems to be frightened of almost everything and so gets left out of a family trip to the fair to see a famous balloonist show off the tricks of his trade. Alone after the family have gone, Sophie’s great longing to see the amazing balloonist go up, up in the sky inspires her to overcome her fear and bravely set off for the fair alone. Soon Sophie finds that she too has an unexpected and very exciting trip ahead of her! Based on a story of Sophie Blanchard one of the first female astronauts this is a charming story that will encourage all readers to be brave.

High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Julia Eccleshare's Picks for September 2019 

Sophie Takes To The Sky by Katherine Woodfine

A House Without Walls by Elizabeth Laird

We Are All Greta by Valentina Gianella

Elmer: A Classic Collection Elmer's best loved tales by David McKee

The Fate of Fausto by Oliver Jeffers

All Fall Down by Sally Nicholls

About the Little Gems series: Little Gems are in a gorgeous new chunky format, with high-spec production including coloured endpapers and jacketed flaps with activities.  Additional features include high quality cream paper, Barrington Stoke font and illustrations on every page.  They are perfect for 5-8's. These quality stories promote good reading practice for all newly independent readers.

Sophie Takes to the Sky Synopsis

Scaredy-Cat Sophie is afraid of everything! So when a balloonist comes to the town fair, Sophie is left behind while everyone else goes to watch him fly in his marvellous balloon. She's far too frightened of the crowds, the commotion and even riding in a horse-drawn carriage. But Sophie longs to watch the hot-air balloon sail across the blue sky. If she could just be brave enough to face her fears, who knows where her journey might take her ...

A touching tale for young readers of learning to overcome anxiety and follow your dreams.

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ISBN: 9781781128718
Publication date: 15/09/2019
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781128718
Publication date: 15th September 2019
Author: Katherine Woodfine
Illustrator: Briony May Smith
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 104 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, People / Places
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks

About Katherine Woodfine

Katherine Woodfine was born in Lancashire in 1983, and studied English at Bristol University. She lives in London and since 2009 has worked for the literature charity Booktrust, where she is a children's book specialist and project manager of the Children's Laureate, working with leading children's authors such as Malorie Blackman, Julia Donaldson and Anthony Browne.

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