Sophie by Mem Fox
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Sophie loves her Grandpa. And her Grandpa loves Sophie. They are best friends. And then one day there is no Grandpa. . . . Family love and the natural cycle of birth, life, and death are tenderly portrayed in this moving story. “Fox’s spare text distills complex life passages into emotions so clear even a child can understand and perhaps draw comfort from them.”--Booklist
 

About Mem Fox

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Australian writer, Mem Fox was born on March 5th, 1946 in Melbourne. At the age of six months, she and her parents who were missionaries moved to Zimbabwe and she attended the mission school there. At the age of eighteen, she left Zimbabwe and attended a drama school in London. She eventually returned to Australia where she was a college professor. She held the position as Associate Professor, Literacy Studies, in the School of Education at Flinders University, South Australia. Fox is considered Australia's most popular children's author. Her title Possum Magic, a title dedicated to her daughter, is the best-selling picture book in Australia. It was also named a Highly Commended Book by the Children's Book Council of Australia and Best Children's Book in the 1984 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards. Night Noises was a Notable Children's Book in Language Arts, and a 1990 Horn Book Fanfare selection. It was also named by Redbook magazine as one of the ten best picture books of 1989. Other titles written by Fox include Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, Time for Bed, Koala Lou, Wombat Divine, Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Hello Baby!, A Giraffe in the Bath (co-written with Olivia Rawson), Count Goats!, and The Little Dragon. Fox has written over twenty picture books for children and several others for adults. Other awards received by Fox include the 1990 Dromkeen Medal for distinguished services to children's literature, a 1991 Advance Australia Award for her outstanding contribution to Australian literature and a medal in the 1993 Australia Day Honours awards for services to the cultural life of Australia. Although writing is her profession now, teaching is her first love. In addition to writing, she is an international literacy consultant who is in great demand to speak at literacy conferences nationally and internationally.
 
Published October 31, 1994 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ultimately, their roles are reversed -- Grandpa becomes helpless and is no more, just as Sophie had once been a baby and before that had not existed in Grandpa's life.

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Publishers Weekly

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Sophie's development (``Sophie grew and grew and grew'') is contrasted with Grandpa's decline into ``little Grandpa,'' and Sophie begins to care for him as he once looked after her.

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PW found this story of life cycles in an African American family ""eloquent in its simplicity."" Ages 3-8.

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The Australian

Situated in Empeaux in southwest France, La Nouvelle Terrebonne "breathed a presence" with its crumbling walls, creaking boards, creepy attic, monster rats and eerie red room, the scene of a youth's suicide.

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The Australian

But the upside of this for the star-struck French first-time director is that the object of her obsession - fellow filmmaker Woody Allen - took the whole thing in his stride.

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Herald Sun

SOPHIE Miller’s musical musings on the frustrations and trials of making your way through menial jobs and bad relationships in your mid-twenties ring true but lack any big comedy punch.

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