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Sophie's Squash

by Pat Zietlow Miller
Illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf

Published by Schwartz & Wade, 2013
32 pages
ISBN: 978-0-307-97896-7

Ages 3-7

When Sophie chooses a squash at the farmer’s market, her parents see a dinner dish. But Sophie sees a friend. “I call her Bernice,” Sophie said. “I’ll call for a pizza,” said her mother. Bernice and Sophie do everything together, from story time at the library to somersaults in the garden. Eventually Bernice isn’t quite as bright and firm as she once was. First black splotches appear (“freckles” Sophie insists), and as winter approaches she begins getting, well, squashy. Another trip to the farmer’s market yields advice: fresh air, dirt and love are what Bernice needs. Sophie makes her a bed of soil in the yard, and Bernice sleeps there all winter long while Sophie bonds with Ace the goldfish. Spring brings a joyous reunion, and a surprise: Bernice has sprouted leaves. Sophie and Ace picnic with Bernice all summer, but even greater changes are in store in debut Wisconsin author Pat Zietlow Miller’s fresh, witty, finely paced picture book. Anne Wilsdorf’s spirited illustrations perfectly match the tenor of a story full of humor and warmth. Sophie’s absolute devotion and her parents’ admirable restraint both are a delight. Honor Book, 2014 Charlotte Zolotow Award (MS) ©2013 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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