I really liked this book, and there are many different reasons why.
1) It is unique in that the story is told through a series of letters;
2) There is a lot of humor;
3) The main character is a really well-developed character. Sophie and her family have moved from LA to a farm in a small community, and this shy girl must learn how to adjust. She does so beautifully, and she has an inner strength that she didn’t know she had.
4) This book deals with some difficult issues in a way that is not overwhelming for younger kids — a family struggling to pay bills and have money for food, as well as issues with racial stereotyping.
5) I love Henrietta the chicken! She is one spunky, don’t-mess-with-me chicken!
6) The illustrations are so wonderfully perfect for the story!
7) Sophie is an avid reader and frequent library-user!! She’s a girl after my own heart!
This delightful story would make an excellent read-aloud for 2nd-4th grades. It’s not too long, and the pace of the story is fast moving to keep kids engaged.