Sofia and the Purple Dress / Sofia Y El Vestido Morado by Diane Gonzales Bertrand

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Sofia 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 quinceanera. 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 Sofia tries on the dress, her younger sister Mari giggles and tells her she looks like a purple sausage.

Sofia 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 quinceanera, Sofia has never seen Rosario look more beautiful ... and Sofia looks fabulous in her cousin's purple dress! In this bilingual picture book for children ages 6-9, kids will cheer as Sofia and her family meet their goals after adopting healthy eating and exercise habits.


About Diane Gonzales Bertrand

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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.
Published May 31, 2012 by Pinata Books. 32 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Children's Books.

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Third-grader Sofía is used to wearing her older cousin Rosario's hand-me-down sweaters and shirts, but when a beautifully fitted dress especially given to her for Rosario’s upcoming event is much too tight, her mother gently notes that Sofía has “a little extra here and there.” Losing weight is n...

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