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Reviewed by Patricia Bell for Readers' Favorite
Sophie Washington: Mission Costa Rica by Tonya Duncan Ellis is the sixth book in the middle grade series and is about the Washington family’s mission trip to Costa Rica. In this story, Sophie, her family, and her two friends - Chloe and Valentina - have a great time in Costa Rica. While Sophie’s dentist father tends to many native Costa Ricans, who are in great need of his free services, the rest of them help out the locals in other ways. They also encounter many indigenous creatures such as iguanas, tree sloths, snakes, a camera-eating crocodile, as well as a silly monkey that keeps ending up in their hut. They also make friends with a resident girl, taste a variety of local foods, and learn a valuable lesson about being safe.
I loved this story. Serving in the mission field is an awesome opportunity for adults as well as children. The kids learned a valuable lesson on serving others less fortunate. They also had a little fun, a bit of a scare, and a vacation none of them will forget. The characters were fun and loveable. Even Sophie’s pesky little brother, Cole, was a delight. The illustrations in this book were especially engaging and gave a magnificent picture of the story as it unfolded. Even though this is the sixth book in the series, it is easily a stand-alone read as well. I had no problem keeping up with the story. Kudos to Tonya Duncan Ellis for creating a good, wholesome story to entertain and educate the minds of our younger generation. I will recommend Sophie Washington: Mission Costa Rica to friends with younger children who will enjoy this beautiful series.