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Friday, April 3, 2015

Perfect PB Friday: The Sock Thief

Happy April!  Enjoy a taste of Brazilian life in this colorful picture book.
 
Title: The Sock Thief

by Ana Crespo

Albert Whitman & Company


Themes: community, friends

Ages: 4-7

Summary
Brazilian boy Felipe doesn’t have a soccer ball. So, when it’s his turn to take one to school, he uses a little bit of creativity… and a few socks.  Felipe is the sock thief. Along the way, Felipe leaves delicious mangoes in exchange for the socks he steals.

The story begins:
In a small Brazilian town, Felipe leaves home earlier than usual. He walks a long way to school.

I love the sense of community and creativity.

Felipe and his neighbors nonverbally share mangoes for socks. These colorful socks turn into a fun soccer ball through Felipe's creativity.


Resources
Learn how to pronounce the Portuguese words in the book. Let's Learn Portuguese!

Activities

· How to make a newspaper - stuffed sock ball - B&W pdf or COLOR pdf
· How many mangoes - connect the number to the group with the same number of mangoes
· Counting letters - find out the longest and the shortest word in Portuguese and in English
· Group the words - group the words according to the number of letters they have
· Match words and pictures - match the picture to the word
· Color the Brazilian flag - color the flag and find out some facts about the Brazilian flag

To learn about Ana's road to publication visit: 



Visit Susanna Leonard Hill's blog for a complete list of today's Perfect Picture Books. http://susannahill.blogspot.com/2015/04/perfect-picture-book-friday-flap-your.html.

19 comments:

  1. We love The Sock Thief at our house. We still haven't made sock balls yet!

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    1. I added a link on how to make sock balls. Have fun!

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  2. I've still got this one on hold. Good sign that I'm sytill waiting, eh?

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    1. I bet lots of teachers love this book.

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  3. Love that it is a positive and creative story about exchange!

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    1. The tone through this story is kind.

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  4. What a creative and fun story! I love that as he steals socks to make his ball, he leaves mangos in exchange.

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    1. I didn't give away the end. Check it out!

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  5. This looks great! I love that there's a section to learn how to say the Portuguese books on her site! Thank you for the great review! My eldest son will love this book!

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  6. Thanks for hopping over and your comment.

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  7. This one looks SO fun! I have vague memories of this - but I'm not sure if I have actually read it (could have been a post when someone else talked about it). I will definitely have to remedy that!

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    1. I bet you would remember if you read it. And the illustrations match the story perfectly.

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  8. I really want to read this - and no library in our area has a copy! (two systems, 80 libraries....)... mangoes and socks, and soccer - a winning combo.

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    1. Can you fill out a purchase request at your library? With a need for greater diversity, libraries should buy books like The Sock Thief.

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    2. Sue, I just checked my library for The Sock Thief. It's "available soon." So, more libraries may have a copy on the way.

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  9. Making a ball from socks sounds interesting. Cute story.

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    1. Colorful sock balls are fun to make.

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  10. Manju, thank you so much for your post and for all the links to my website. I am glad you enjoyed the book and hope all your readers will enjoy it too. Sue Heavenrich, I am really sorry your library doesn't have a copy. I hope they order at least one!

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    1. Ana, thanks for hopping by. We need more books like yours that show strong communities.

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