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Sophie's Wheels

by (author) Debora Pearson

illustrated by Nora Hilb

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2006
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2006
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When Sophie is born, her parents and brother take her out in a bouncy buggy. At first, Sophie stays curled up all cozy inside, but soon she can sit up and smile at the world. Before you know it, she’s moved up to a stroller, then a tricycle.

With each new set of wheels, Sophie discovers new things to see and new ways to see them. Low-riding strollers are great for bug spotting. Snow-bound wagons are no match for zippy sleds. Eventually big girl Sophie is riding a bike on her own, all the way around the corner and then back to her cheering family.

The talented team that brought you Leo’s Tree returns with this rhythmic tale of Leo’s little sister. Children will delight in Sophie’s freewheeling antics as illustrated by Nora Hilb and in the catchy cadence of Debora Pearson’s writing that keeps the story rolling along.

About the authors

Deborah Pearson, a former children's librarian for the Toronto Public Library, is an award-winning author and editor. She lives in Toronto.

Debora Pearson's profile page

Nora Hilb was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1953. As a child, she loved drawing more than anything else, though she never imagined it would become her profession. Because Nora’s parents were both from Germany, she grew up speaking German, later learning Spanish and English. Young Nora would find inspiration for her pictures in her favorite books, such as Die Wurzelkinder (which is German for The Children of the Roots), several wonderfully illustrated fairy tales (which she read over and over again), and collections of poems and songs by Argentina’s best-known author, María Elena Walsh. Later, she fell in love with the mysteries of Enid Blyton, though she read them in German.After high school, Nora studied to be a kindergarten teacher. Her desire to create, however, remained strong, and she eventually found work drawing for a small company that produced animated films for children. She also met her future husband there. They fled Argentina in 1976 in the wake of

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Editorial Reviews

“...[An] enjoyable way to portray the growth of a child. Nora Hilb’s bright watercolours are uncluttered but contain details that expand the text. Children from ages 3 to 6 should enjoy listening to Sophie’s Wheels, looking at the pictures, and discussing the art and text. Recommended.”—CM Reviews, 10/06

“... a celebration of growing up ... sure to delight toddlers and those just learning to read. Clear bright watercolor pictures immediately entice you to explore this book.”—Resource Links, 12/06

“This satisfying, peaceful title celebrates a youngster’s growth from dependency on others to taking a big trip around the block on her own.”—School Library Journal, 03/07

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