Sonya Rostova (War and Peace) Sonya Rostova is a character in Leo Tolstoy’s epic 1869 novel, War and Peace. Sonya is a fifteen year old orphan who is financially dependent on her aunt and uncle. She is also in love with their son, Nikolai, but the Countess opposes the proposed marriage, insisting that he marry a rich woman and save the Rostovs from an economic grave. In spite of having declared his love for Sonya and becoming engaged to her, Nikolai eventually acquiesces to the family’s general plan and cops out of the deal. Our Sonya is so self-sacrificing that she humbly accepts this development and – get this – goes to work in Nikolai and his new wife’s household as a nanny to their children! This type of martyrdom makes us most uncomfortable in the twentieth-first century, but doubt that Tolstoy would care. At least it is a lovely name!
Sonia - a song by Robert Wyatt
Sonia - a song by Black Parents
Sonia Come Back - a song by Cocoa Tea
Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx (Jonah Winter) - Before Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor took her seat in our nation's highest court, she was just a little girl in the South Bronx. Justice Sotomayor didn't have a lot growing up, but she had what she needed -- her mother's love, a will to learn, and her own determination. With bravery she became the person she wanted to be. With hard work she succeeded. With little sunlight and only a modest plot from which to grow, Justice Sotomayor bloomed for the whole world to see. Spanish edition: La juez que crecio en el Bronx. Antes de que la magistrada de la Corte Suprema Sonia Sotomayor llegara al máximo tribunal de nuestra nación, no era más que una niñita en el South Bronx. La magistrada Sotomayor no tuvo mucho durante sus primeros años, pero sí tuvo lo que contaba -- el amor de su madre, la voluntad de aprender y su propia determinación. Con valentía se hizo la persona que quería ser. Con trabajo arduo triunfó. Con un poquito de sol en un solarcito donde crecer, la magistrada Sotomayor floreció para que todo el mundo la vea. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Sonja Henie Paper Dolls (Norman Mingo & Clara Ernst) - The Swedish Olympian, Sonja Henie, became a major movie star in films that featured her twinkly charm and world class skating. Her charm, beauty and athletic prowess captured the hearts of movie goers in the 1930s and 40s. Beautifully illustrated, this 1941 reproduction has two dolls and clothes for all occasions--day dresses, glamour gowns, storybook costumes, active wear and lovely skating costumes. Added star biography by David Wolfe. Recommended for ages 8-12.
The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez (Alan Lawrence Sitomer) - Sonia Rodriguez was born in the United States, but her parents are Mexican immigrants who came to California before she was born. Her father has three Social Security numbers, her mother is pregnant (again), and neither of them speaks English. Sonia’s mother spends most of her time in bed, watching soap operas, and letting Sonia clean up after her brothers. Sonia’s father works dutifully to support his family, but he knows that his daughter’s dreams are bigger than making tamales for family get-togethers. When Sonia attempts to put school work before her familia, her mother decides that it’s time for Sonia to visit her grandmother in Mexico to learn “the ways of the old world.” While in Mexico, Sonia gets to know her wise grandmother and her cousin Maria, who teach her that while familia is important, the most important thing is to follow your heart. Sonia returns to the States determined to succeed in school, but the birth of her new twin siblings, inappropriate advances from her drunk uncle (Drunkle), and a forbidden relationship with an El Salvadorian boy push school to the back burner. If only Sonia can find the time to cook dinner, secretly meet with her boyfriend, avoid her Drunkle, AND finish her homework, she just might be able to graduate from high school… Recommended for ages young adult.
Famous People Named Sonia - Sonia Sotomayor (Supremem Court Justice); Sonja Henie (Norweigen Olympic figure skater); Sonya Walger (actress); Sônia Braga (Brazilian actress); Sonia Evans (British pop-singer); Sonja Morgan (reality TV personality)
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Sonia - Vladimir Ashkenazy (Russian-Icelandic composer); Nastassja Kinski (German born actress/model, has a daughter named Sonja)
Sonia Sotomayor (25 Jun 1954 – Present) - Sonia Sotomayor is noteworthy as the first Hispanic-American to serve on the nation’s highest court as Supreme Court Justice of the United States (not to mention she’s only the third female). Born in New York City (the Bronx) into a Puerto Rican family, Sotomayor would graduate first from Princeton University and then from Yale Law School. The first President George H.W. Bush nominated Sonia to the U.S. District Court, and then President Bill Clinton nominated her to the U.S. Court of Appeals. In 2009, President Barack Obama made history when he nominated Sonia Sotomayor as America’s first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice. Not too shabby for a Puerto Rican girl from the Bronx.