Sofia and the Purple Dress

Sofia and the Purple Dress

Book - 2012
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Third-grader Sofia wants to wear a beautiful, hand-me-down dress to her cousin Rosario's quinceañara, but first she will have to lose some weight by exercising and eating healthier foods, with help from her mother and sister.
Publisher: Houston, Tex. : Pinata Books, 2012
ISBN: 9781558857018
155885701X
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 23 x 29 cm
Alternative Title: Sofia y el vestido morado

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JCLBeckyC May 26, 2017

This book bothers me. It's about a third grade girl who goes on a diet in order to fit into a pretty dress. It is too triggering for me. My parents sent me to Weight Watchers when I was in third grade. By fifth grade I was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. I struggled with eating disorders and body dysmorphic disorder all my life until I discovered the book, Health At Every Size by Dr. Linda Bacon. It changed my life, and I've never been healthier - both physically and mentally. Caregivers, if you want to read a book with young children to show them healthy eating habits, I recommend Bear Likes Jam by Ciara Gavin instead of this book.

JCLJackieS Mar 10, 2017

Sofia looks up to her older cousin, Rosario, and loves wearing Rosario’s hand-me-down clothes. She wants to wear a purple dress to Rosario’s quinceañera, but when she tries it on, she discovers it is too tight. As a result, Sofia, her mom, and sister decide to adopt healthier habits and exercise. While it is nice that the book illustrates living a healthy lifestyle, the fact that the motivation for a third grader was to lose weight is disconcerting. Children who are insecure about their size may get the impression that the goal of changing your diet and exercising is to become thinner, as opposed to healthier. If you are looking for a book to help a child learn about healthy eating and exercising habits try: Eating Right by Mary Elizabeth Salzmann, Good for Me and You by Mercer Mayer, Exercise by Sharon Gordon, Being Active by Mary Elizabeth Salzmann, and Bear Likes Jam by Ciara Gavin.

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