Book Review: This is Sadie
This is Sadie, written by Sara O'Leary with illustrations by Julie Morstad
Published in May 2015, this book introduces us to an adventurous little girl named Sadie who has a penchant for immersing herself in the stories she reads.
Themes: Adventure, Imagination, Art of Reading
Story: It's hard not to fall in love with Sadie on the first page--she is crouched down in a cardboard box in her bedroom pretending to cross a wide sea in an enormous boat. The image sparks an immediate flashback to my own childhood full of games of pretend. Sadie goes on to share some of the adventures she's been on with the characters of her favorite books and encourages the reader to embrace their own adventurous spirit.
Rhythm: This book maintains a good tempo with two to three short sentences per page. The transitions between Sadie's real and imaginary worlds are a little abrupt and overall the story seems constrained by page count.
Illustrations: Julie Morstad lovingly portrays Sadie as a little girl with unruly black hair and inquisitive eyes. The illustrations of Sadie's 'real' world are spartan--her bedroom is portrayed by a quilt covered bed against a white background. In contrast, the illustrations of her 'make-believe' world are luscious and full of detail, reinforcing the power of imagination.
Nuts and Bolts: It takes me about four minutes to read this book to my daughter. There are 32 pages total with an average of three sentences per page. The targeted age range is 3-5 years old.