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Mimmy and Sophie

Mimmy and Sophie

1999 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Miriam Cohen
Illustrator: Thomas F. Yezerski
ISBN: 0-374-349838-6
Hardcover Price: $16.00
This is a lovely, old-fashioned picture book in four chapters that grandmothers especially will find hard to resist for reading aloud to their grand offspring. Set in Brooklyn during the Great Depression, the mini-stories are about two sisters, four and six or seven, and their prickly but loving relationship. It was a time when icecreams cost a nickel, automobiles were beyond the means of most families, and entertainment meant Sunday dinner with grandparents or an impromptu picnic on the Brooklyn Bridge. The author evokes the period without sentimentality, and the artist recreates a Brooklyn neighborhood as it must have looked in the days of trolley cars, safe neighborhood streets to play on, and autos with rumble seats. Children like realistic stories of "long ago", even more so when the grown-up reader can embellish the author's words with family stories from the past.
Selma G. Lanes   ©1999 Parents' Choice

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