Soula Oikonomidou, Assistant Professor in Preschool Democritus University of Thrace/ Author  

Sophias Madouvalou contribution to modern Greek children's literature is exceptionally important, since it has played a decisive role in its passage from tradition to modernity. Without cutting themselves off from the rich body of traditional Greek folk tales, her stories are typical examples of modernity, both from the point of view of content and ways of telling a tale.

As regards the content of her works, I would observe that through her choice of subject, plot and character Sophia Madouvalou overturns traditional attitudes and social stereotypes and promotes the most recent ideas and attitudes towards pressing social concerns such as protecting the environment and combatting racial prejudice. She also demolishes outdated fixed ideas concerning education and teaching in general, showing ways in which education can be enriched by literature and teaching enhanced by imagination. By means of playful settings and imaginative story-lines she encourages young readers to come to grips with subjects that require a learning effort, such as grammar -and always in a pleasant and amusing manner. On reviewing her works, I would say that both in subject and more generally in content they play a role in freeing her readers from old prejudices and turning them into responsible members of society.

The modern story-telling techniques Sophia Madouvalou employs have a further liberating effect on her young readers. Imagination and humour are the chief tools she uses to achieve the 'overthrow' that typifies the majority of her works, whether by unexpected twists and turns in the course and conclusions of her stories or in the conception and development of her characters. In addition, the poetic language that she uses becomes a charming and amusing game with words and their meanings, thus attracting young children to reading and the endless entertainment that it offers. Sophia Madouvalou clearly speaks the language of children, since she succeeds in holding them enthralled by her stories and even makes them laugh out loud, but she does not underestimate her young readers by writing in a childish and simplistic way. On the contrary, I believe that the wealth and inventiveness which typify her language constitute a 'lesson' in creativity for her young readers, broadening their linguistic awareness and familiarizing them with the complexities of literary narration.
Anyone who studies her work becomes immediately aware that she has created her own personal style of writing, a distinctive style that makes her work stand out from that of other modern writers.

In conclusion, I would argue that owing both to their content and their form Sophia Madouvalou's works have earned a unique position in the realm of modern Greek literature for children. Having long set herself the highest standards, she continues to play her part in furthering its development.