© 1999 by Thomas F. Yezerski


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

Four nostalgic stories . . . show how life used to be, with its pleasures simple yet satisfying, and stress how love is the real heart of happiness . . . A childlike innocence suffuses the soft-toned pen-and-ink and watercolor pictures, which are arranged in blocks like sections of a large comic strip. The girls have big, expressive faces and short bodies, making them appear especially vulnerable. The city scenes are carefully detailed, and the artwork enhances the tender stories.
— School Library Journal
CCBC Choices
— Cooperative Children’s Book Center
Four tender reminiscences feature Mimmy and her younger sister, Sophie . . . Storyboard panels in somber colors depict the old-fashioned stories with innocence and simplicity; the understated, wholesome adventures don’t rely on fast-paced action or antics, but small, rounded conclusions that have the veracity of real life.
— Kirkus Reviews
This is a lovely, old-fashioned picture book in four chapters that grandmothers especially will find hard to resist for reading aloud to their grand offspring . . . The author evokes the period without sentimentality, and the artist recreates a Brooklyn neighborhood as it must have looked in the days of trolley cars, safe neighborhood streets to play on, and autos with rumble seats.
— Parent's Choice

© 1999 by Thomas F. Yezerski


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!