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The Sock Thief by Ana Crespo
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The Sock Thief

by Ana Crespo

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I had very mixed feelings while reading this book. I like the way it was written, but do not like the message it sends to children. In this story, a young boy named Felipe wants to make his own soccer ball from socks. He does not have any, so he steals them from people and replaces them with a mango until he returns them at the end of the book. This may seem socially acceptable to a child, since he was giving them a thank-you gift and returning the socks, but it could also give the message that it is okay to take things from people without their permission. Children could interpret the big idea of the story to be that they can borrow anything they want from people without asking as long as they give it back. The boy does not face consequences for his actions, which could give children unrealistic expectations for what could happen if they try to steal something. While the message may not be the best, this book invites students to think about Brazilian culture. There are a few Portuguese words that are used, but there is a glossary in the back of the book to make finding the meaning of these words easier. There are pictures on every page as well as text, but the text only takes up a small portion of each page. The illustrations are very detailed and well done. They give children an idea of differences between life in Brazil and life in America. For example, a Brazilian village does not look like an American town, and this is shown by the pictures of the boy’s village on every page. Felipe is a relatable and realistic character to young children, since he is determined to play and have fun and will not let obstacles get in his way. He is also athletic and kind. The main character in this story will definitely keep young elementary school students engaged. I probably would not read this story in my classroom because of its content, but there are many good qualities about this book such as the detailed language and illustrations. ( )
  NicoleFrankel | Nov 26, 2016 |
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