Sofía and the Purple Dress / Sofía y el vestido morado (¡Salud, familia!)

Diane Gonzales Bertrand
Illustrated by Lisa Fields

ISBN: 978-1-55885-714-8
Bind: Paperback
Pages: 32
Ages: 6-9

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Sofía loves her older cousin, Rosario, and she’s always excited to receive her hand-me-down clothes. This time, the box of clothes comes with a pink envelope: an invitation to Rosario’s quinceañera. And as she digs through the box of clothes, a beautiful purple dress catches her eye. It will be perfect for the quince! But when Sofía tries on the dress, her younger sister Mari giggles and tells her she looks like a purple sausage.

Sofía and her mom make a pact to change their habits; they agree to help each other eat healthier and get more exercise. The next morning, the girls are surprised when their mother says they’re going to walk to school instead of driving. And after walking home in the hot afternoon sun, they drink water instead of soft drinks. At the grocery store, they fill their cart with healthy snacks like bananas, oranges, papayas and guavas.

At the quinceañera, Sofía has never seen Rosario look more beautiful … and Sofía looks fabulous in her cousin’s purple dress! In this bilingual picture book for children ages 6 – 9, kids will cheer as Sofía and her family meet their goals after adopting healthy eating and exercise habits.

Named to the 2013-2014 Tejas Star Reading List

“A quinceañera and a special purple dress serve as an inspiration for a little girl to change her lifestyle with exercise and healthier foods. A combination of collage, acrylic and crayon delineate a richly bronze-toned and dark-haired Latino family in daily life, all shopping, playing and working together to reach a goal.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A large cartoon family celebrate Papá Luis’s birthday in this lively bilingual book. Readers will be glad to join in.”—Publishers Weekly on The Party for Papá Luis / La fiesta para Papá Luis

“[A] joyous bilingual, multicultural celebration of the pleasures of the extended family.”—Kirkus Reviews on We Are Cousins / Somos primos

“A brisk bilingual text that uses rhythmic prose to tell a simple story. The repeated refrain, “Caldo, caldo, caldo,” gives a pleasantly rhythmic feel to a family ritual—making soup and buying tortillas to eat with it.”–School Library Journal on Sip, Slurp, Soup, Soup / Caldo, caldo, caldo

DIANE GONZALES BERTRAND is the author of numerous books for children and young adults. Her picture books for children include The Party for Papá Luis / La fiesta para Papá Luis (Piñata Books, 2010), winner of the Texas Institute of Letter’s best children’s book award, We Are Cousins / Somos primos (Piñata Books, 2007) and The Empanadas that Abuela Made / Las empanadas que hacía la abuela (Piñata Books, 2003). A native of San Antonio, Texas, she teaches writing at St. Mary’s University, where she is Writer in Residence.

LISA FIELDS illustrated The Triple Banana Split Boy / El niño goloso (Piñata Books, 2009) and Grandma’s Chocolate / El chocolate de Abuelita (Piñata Books, 2010). She received her BFA in illustration from the Ringling School of Art and Design and attended the Illustration Academy. A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, she lives in her hometown of Katonah, New York.