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Sofia and Maddi are the best of friends, even though they have differences. Sofia can climb walls (Maddi isn't good); Maddi can run (Sofia isn't very fast). When Sofia open's the refrigerator door at Maddi's house, she discovers another difference: she has food, and Maddi doesn't. Maddi makes Sofia promise not to tell anyone. She agrees, but she is also determined to do something to make sure her friend isn't hungry. Can a little girl really help? 

Parent Perspective:
This is the best book on everyday social issues I've read since Lily and the Paper Man! Love, love, love this book and will be talking it up everywhere. The message about Madi's impoverished life is clear, but the author lets Sofia take the lead. Her attempts to help are childlike but inspiring, as is her perseverance.

What I especially love is how Sofia's knowledge doesn't change how she views Madi. They still race to the climbing wall every day after school. In a word: inspiring.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Exceptionally written and wonderfully illustrated, this story will broaden your child's understanding of the world and inspire them: to help others and be a good friend, too.

Content Awareness Factors:


Type of Book:
This is a picture book about friendship and helping those in need.
Educational Themes:

Start with friendship - how did the girls encourage each other? Did (or how did) Sofia's knowledge of Madi's lack of food affect their relationship? Poverty and hunger are central to the story, as well. Your child may have questions, so embrace the opportunity to talk about their feelings, what life is like for others, and maybe create a family project. Collect and deliver food to a food bank; serve at a homeless shelter - there are age-appropriate opportunities in every community

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 10
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy! Read at home then share with friends and family.

Title Maddi's Fridge

10% goes to help fight childhood hunger.

Author Lois Brandt
Publisher Flashlight Press © 2014
Illustrators Vin Vogel
ISBN 9781936261291
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.95
Genres Friendship, Social Issues
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