Sofia (The Color Purple) The character of Sofia is a large, fiercely independent woman who befriends Celie in Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize winning 1982 novel, The Color Purple. Sofia refuses to submit to whites, men, or anyone else who tries to dominate her. After defying the town’s mayor, Sofia is sentenced to twelve years in jail, but the sentence is later commuted to twelve years labor as the mayor’s maid. The hardship Sofia endures serves as a reminder of the costs of resistance and the difficulties of fighting cultural and institutional racism. Nonetheless, her bravery and courage provide an inspiration.
Sofia - a song by Live
Sofia - a Spanish song by Son By Four
My America: Hope In My Heart, Sofia's Ellis Island Diary (Kathryn Lasky) - When Sofia and her family arrive in Ellis Island after a long and difficult journey from Italy, a cruel twist of fate separates Sofia from her parents and sends her into "quarantine." There, in a state-run hopsital, she and her new friend, Maureen, must learn to overcome the twin hardships of immigration and alienation, while they maintain the hope that they will be reunited with their families. Part of a three book series. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Sofia and the Heartmender (Marie Olofsdotter) - When Sofia sees shadow-monsters on her wall at night, her parents dismiss her fears as silly. When she tries to draw her monsters at school, her teacher tells her to stop wasting paper and draw flowers instead. Sad and lonely, her heart broken in two, Sofia leaves school and enters a mysterious world where a Heartmender waits to make her heart whole again. Sofia’s journey leads her to face her fears until they fade away. Strengthened by her visit to the compassionate Heartmender, she returns to the real world, confident that the shadow-monsters are no longer a threat, ready to speak up for herself to her parents and teachers, and hopeful that the adults in her life will respect her feelings—because she respects herself. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Sofia's Dream (Land Wilson) - In this magically illustrated bedtime story, little Sofia befriends the Moon and sets off on dreamy adventure to visit her friend. She sees our planet from the Moon's point of view and is inspired to do whatever she can to protect the Earth and to encourage others to do the same. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Sofia's Pink Balloon (Zanita Disalle) - When Sofia and her family visit the fair, she wants to buy a pink balloon, but the balloon man can only give her a blue balloon that he claims can magically turn pink. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Sofia - Sofia Coppola (actress); Sofia Vergara (model/actress); Queen Sofía of Spain (Queen consort of Spain)
Famous People who Named their Daughter Sofia - Felicity Huffman (actress); Francis Ford Coppola (director); Leah Remini (actress); William H. Macy (actor)
Saint Sofia (2nd Century) - Saint Sofia is a Roman Catholic saint who was born in Italy in the early 2nd century AD. Her name means “Wisdom” and she had three daughters whom she named Faith, Hope, and Charity. Her daughters suffered martyrdom during the Roman Emperor Hadrian's persecution of Christians when they were all brutally put to death. Heartbroken, Sofia died three days later while praying at their graves. Her Feast Day is August 1st.