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.
About Pat Zietlow Miller
PAT ZIETLOW MILLER is a children's book lover and the creative force behind the blog Read, Write, Repeat, where she reviews books for young readers. Sophie's Squash, her first picture book, is based on a true story—her own daughter, Sonia, once loved a squash. Her second picture book, Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story, will also be published by Schwartz & Wade Books.
Starred Review, Booklist, August 1, 2013:
"In a perfect blend of story and art, the humorous watercolor-and-ink illustrations are bursting with color and energy on every page... This is a paean to love and friendship, which can come in all species, shapes, and sizes."
Starred Review, School Library Journal, July 2013:
"With lessons on life, love, and vegetable gardening, this tale will be cherished by children, and their parents will be happy to read it to them often."
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, May 27, 2013:
"Sensitive but funny... Miller’s easygoing storytelling taps into the familiar scenario of children making fierce attachments to favorite objects."
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2013:
"This season-spanning turn with high-spirited Sophie offers endearing lessons about nurture and regeneration."
WINNER School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
WINNER Booklist Books for Youth Editors' Choice
WINNER Golden Kite Award for Fiction
HONOR 2014 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer/Illustrator Award
HONOR 2014 Charlotte Zolotow Award
SELECTION 2014 Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year