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Who Is Sonia Sotomayor?

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  334 ratings  ·  38 reviews
The truly inspiring story of the first Latina Supreme Court Justice.

Outspoken, energetic, and fun, Sonia Sotomayor has managed to turn every struggle in life into a triumph. Born in the Bronx to immigrant parents from Puerto Rico, Sonia found out at age nine that she had diabetes, a serious illness now but an even more dangerous one fifty years ago. How did young Sonia han
Paperback, 112 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by Penguin Workshop
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Really love these biographies, perhaps because they are simple yet fairly thorough, capturing key points in a person's life and accomplishments while also incorporating tidbits one may not know about the subject.

I have read an illustrated children's book on Sonia and fell in love with the person she is and her accomplishments in life. This book further reiterated why I admire her so.

Random facts for me:

--Sonia is the third woman and first Hispanic to be appointed to the Supreme Court.

--Sonia was
Wendi Lee
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another book I would not have normally picked up on my own (I don't normally read middle grade non-fiction), but I'm happy I read it for my stepson's Battle of the Books. It's a breezy, interesting story about Sotomayor's life. ...more
This best-selling kids' series of Who What Where offers the kind of background information that students need. For adults, these books are a quick mini-lessons in history that save time sifting through information on the Web. ...more
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I bought this as a gift. It’s cute and to the point but not my favorite style (even for a kids book).

I laughed when I read that Sonia liked to dance “the salsa.” Maybe have a Latina/o edit it? Idk.

Heather Laskos
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book with my 11 year old and we enjoyed hearing about Sonia Sotomayor's life including her childhood in the Bronx and how she pursed education and excelled in her jobs. ...more
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrensbooks
I love reading these books alongside my 10-year-old, as she learns about important people in our world and how they became the people they are/were.

This one was of particular interest since my 10-year-old also has Type One diabetes, and got diagnosed around the same age as Sonia. Thankfully, medicine has come a long way since then. There were a few passages about how Sonia really wanted to make the most of her life because she knew it might be cut short, and those were hard for me to know my ch
Maria Cubilla
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sonia Sotomayor's life accomplishments are highlighted all throughout the book. It begins with her childhood and what she endured growing up to her getting accepted into Princeton. After Princeton, she takes on more law school in order to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a Judge. There are a lot of obstacles throughout her journey, but she overcomes them and accomplishes all of her dreams.

1. What does the supreme court do?
2. Sonia reminisces about a trip during her child
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love the opening story of her waiting for the call from the President of the United States and his advice that she always stay the same person she was...and stay connected to the world she came from.

I didn't realize she was diagnosed with diabetes at eight and injected her own insulin from that point on. This disease made her view her life as one that would be short and that she had to be sure to live to the fullest. Super sad she also lost her dad when she was 9 years old. I love how dedicated
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Who Is…? biography series are perfect for elementary or intermediate age students interested in learning about the featured person for an assignment or just for an exciting read. The afterward portion in this edition has a timeline on one side showing key events in Sonia Sotomayor's life and the opposite page shows worldwide key events during the same time period. Making for an interesting comparison and will help readers get a better feel for what else was happening at those times; a cool e ...more
May 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a biography for young readers of the Supreme Court Justice. It tells the story of how a Puerto Rican girl from the Bronx made it to the Supreme Court. It is easy to read with nice pen and ink illustrations drawn in a realistic way. It is carefully researched and gets its facts straight. What makes this book special is that it also gives background information on topics discussed in the story. For example, it tells us about Puerto Rico, being a Latina and what the Supreme Court is. Even a ...more
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent children's chapter book on Sonia Sotomayor

Excellent children's chapter book on the life of Sonia Sotomayor. This book goes into a brief history of Sonia's history including her early schooling, diabetes, getting into Princeton and Yale (law school), her extra curricular activities during school, and then her extraordinary career leading up to the supreme court. Excellent book for an older child. Very inspiring.
May 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
I did not enjoy this book. I had a serious disagreement with one line on page 2. "The Supreme Court is the most important court in the country - it decides whether laws in the United States are fair or not." In my history class, we were taught that the Supreme Court determines whether laws in the United States were constitutional or not. ...more
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sonia Sotomayor was a judge at the US Supreme Court. Sonia Sotomayor worked and studied hard to be a judge. She didn’t stop because she fractured her ankle, she kept going. And she didn’t give up on her dream.She got the idea of being a judge by reading Nancy drew books and watching Perry Mason as a judge.[she loves mystery.]
Who Is Sonia Sotomayor? is a great book that is full of good information. It was a good book to read and learn about her. I did not know much about her before reading it. I like how it is a chapter book but also has some pictures in it. I think it helps students understand what they are reading better.
I loved learning about Sonia Sotomayor. I found her wildly impressive. She was the third woman to be chosen for the Supreme Court and the first Hispanic. She worked hard her whole life and made it far by taking chances and believing in herself.
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very informative

I'm an adult but learned a lot. I like how they define the terms they used such as Latina and Hispanic and the different types of courts and the branches of government in an easy to understand way. I'd recommend this highly
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very quick & simple read. It covers the basics w/ pictures & even explains potential background knowledge young readers may lack. Great introduction for kids.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rated 5 stars
Ages 12+
Tam Newell
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Great story about perseverance and taking chances.
Victoria B.
Not as well written as some of the other books in the series.
Sharon Bodnar
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yes this is a kids’ book, but it’s all I needed to know about Sotomayor for now. Interested is reading her autobiography.
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a hardworking person!
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it
It was fine.
Doris Gourbere
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an inspiration!
North Landesman
May 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
No controversy whatsoever?
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very informative little mini book, gives a great overview biography for readers young and old.
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Read to my son, he really enjoyed
Mar 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
I thought it was really good. but i didn't like some parts but over all it was amazing. ...more
Mar 16, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wonderful
Awesome book. Very empowering for young Latinas like me
Aug 31, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2022-reads
It is a good thing to learn about those who represent you in this world. This book helps children understand what it takes to become a Supreme Court Justice.
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