Can you remember the dread you felt when school speech time was announced? Or maybe it was your first presentation at work? There are not many of us who are comfortable with public speaking.
This book introduces us to Sophie and her dog, Molly. When Sophie’s name is pulled out of the teacher’s hat and she learns she has to give he first school speech, she is overcome with nerves and uneasiness. Grandad comes to the rescue and gives Sophie encouragement to find a topic she is familiar with, then write and practise her speech. Finally grandad shares tips for presenting the speech.
The author has managed to weave pragmatic advice of giving speeches within a beautiful story of the relationship between a girl, her grandad and her dog. It is sure to be instantly relatable and relevant for many children. This book would be an ideal read aloud to be shared at class speech time or to help children overcome their fear of new experiences.
The soft pastel palette with the movement and emotion captured in the illustrations beautifully compliment the text. I recommend this book for all primary schools and look forward to the next adventure of Sophie and her dog Molly.
Title: Sophie’s Speech: The adventures of Sophie and Molly (Book 1)
Author: Craig McGregor
Illustrator: Caitlin Jack
Publisher: Craig McGregor
Date of Publication: November 2019
Ages: 7 – 11 years
Reviewer: Elaine Wills, Library manager, Enner Glynn School, Nelson
How highly are you recommending this book? Recommended
What’s the book’s opening sentence? Sophie and Molly snoozed as the early morning sunrays drifted through the curtain.