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From Pictures to Words - a guide to choosing books for beginner readers: Rhyme


Sophie’s Lucky by Dick King-Smith
Published by Walker Books, 1995
ISBN 0-7445-4118-2
Illustrations © 1995 David Parkins

This is the sixth in the series of books about Sophie, the little girl who wants to be a lady farmer when she grows up. Sophie loves animals and is the proud owner of herds of insects. She also has a snail, a rabbit, a cat, a dog and a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig.

When Sophie’s elderly Aunt Al dies leaving her farm in Scotland to Sophie, it’s just the beginning of the child’s good fortune. On her eight birthday on Christmas Day, Sophie gets the best present imaginable; her parents present her with Lucky the pony, bought from a neighbouring farmer.

Sophie’s Lucky is a story that animal lovers will get great pleasure from. Full-page illustrations with captions from the text add to this heart warming story of family life from the perspective of a discerning and amusing eight year old girl.

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