Mimmy and Sophie
- written by Miriam Cohen
- illustrated by Thomas F. Yezerski
- 40 pp., full-color illustrations
- ages 4-7
- Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999
- ISBN-10: 0-374-34988-6
- ISBN-13: 978-0-374-34988-2
The first story, “Lucky Popsicles,” has Mimmy and Sophie wondering what they might get if they won a “Win Your Dream” contest sponsored by a popsicle company. When they don’t win, they have to reconsider what it means to be lucky. “At Gramma and Grampa’s” is about a Sunday visit to Mimmy and Sophie’s grandparents. The author subtley hints that Gramma and Grampa were mistreated as Jews in Russia. Mimmy and Sophie show their compassion and thoughtfulness. “The Fight” is a comical look at sisters who aren’t getting along and the gentle, quiet way they get back together. The last story, “The Vacation,” has Mimmy and Sophie’s Momma and Poppa taking the girls on a picnic to the Brooklyn Bridge, which proves just as fun as any vacation they can’t afford.
Reviews and Awards
I didn’t meet Miriam Cohen until we appeared at a bookstore together to talk about Mimmy and Sophie, after it came out. She was just as wonderful as I imagined. Miriam made me so happy when she told me how much she loved the paintings and how they brought her childhood to life again. She had a surprise to tell me, though. Even though the character, Mimmy, is really Miriam herself, there was no Sophie. Miriam didn’t even have a sister!