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Sophie Sixpence-bookcover

By: T. A. Conway

Sophie Sixpence

Pages: 30 Ratings: 5.0
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Sophie Sixpence is a little girl who lives with her mummy and daddy in a village and has just learned to ride a two-wheel bicycle. On a typical day she sets off on her bicycle with either her mummy or daddy walking behind her, to buy shopping in the village from people like the butcher and the baker, and she often says, Hello’ to people like the postman and the mechanic.

Today, however, was not a typical day. It was a very windy day and the wind, looking for mischief, found it in the form of an out of control hot air balloon!

Can Sophie Sixpence and a host of characters from the village save whoever is inside the hot air balloon or will the wind whisk the hot air balloon away never to be seen again and at what point will Mrs Sixpence look up from her handwritten shopping list and realise what is going on?

T. A. Conway was brought up in Crosby, Liverpool in a family of five where her mum and dad encouraged herself, sister and brother to enjoy reading for pleasure. This is something she has continued to pass on to her own family. She has worked as a secondary school food teacher in Salford and Wigan since 1988. T. A. Conway is married and lives at home with her husband and youngest daughter, who wants to work with animals. She has two older children who are teachers and three beautiful granddaughters. The whole family love reading!

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  • Katie W

    As a teacher in a primary school, I bought this book to read with my early years' children, as well as my own children at home and they all really enjoyed it. Sophie Sixpence is a little girl who meets different people with various occupations as she tries to catch a flyaway hot air balloon with a mysterious person inside. She is followed by her mum who is too engrossed in her shopping list to notice anything. This provides opportunities to talk about different jobs in the community such as a mechanic, baker, postman, green-grocer...(perfect for the 'People who help us' topic in EYFS) and the repetition of parts of the story means that the children can join in with it and can easily re-tell the story afterward. The children can also predict who the little girl will meet next using clues in the text and illustrations. There is plenty of opportunity to enhance children's vocabulary using this lovely story too and the colorful illustrations also make it an enjoyable read. I would really recommend this book not only as a lovely bedtime story but also in Key Stage 1 or early years settings to encourage discussion, prediction, and vocabulary development.

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