Kids will love this playful story of of a unique fall friendship between a girl . . . and her squash!
On a trip to the farmers' market with her parents, Sophie chooses a squash, but instead of letting her mom cook it, she names it Bernice. From then on, Sophie brings Bernice everywhere, despite her parents' gentle warnings that Bernice will begin to rot. As winter nears, Sophie does start to notice changes.... What's a girl to do when the squash she loves is in trouble?
The recipient of four starred reviews, an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor, and a Charlotte Zolotow Honor, Sophie's Squash will be a fresh addition to any collection of autumn books.
As the heroine of Sophie's Squash (2013) heads to school, Bonnie and Baxter the butternut squash she befriended at the end of that book come along. The squashes' painted-on smiles keep them looking permanently happy, but Sophie is having a rougher time: "The chairs were uncomfortable. The milk tasted funny. And no one appreciated her two best friends." A cheerful boy named Steven is the worst offender, as far as Sophie is concerned, and she rebuffs his repeated attempts at friendship. Once again, Wilsdorf adeptly captures Sophie's every mercurial grimace and scowl, as well as her softening attitudes, both toward school and toward Steven, who Miller gives the patience of a saint. By book's end, most readers will be willing to side with Sophie's parents, who remind her that it's good to have friends: "Especially human ones." Ages 3 7. Author's agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary. Illustrator's agency: Studio Goodwin Sturges.
We loved this! I have a 3 yr old and a 5 yr old (both boys) and we read this at bedtime one night while traveling. The length was perfect... The illustrations were wonderful... And it's such a perfect children's story I wish I could find a dozen more just like it!