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Sophie's Squash (Hardcover)

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By Pat Zietlow Miller, Anne Wilsdorf (Illustrator)

Staff Reviews

When Sophie, an imaginative and strong-minded little girl, shops at the farmers’ market with her parents, she meets a butternut squash she names Bernice, and they become inseparable. (The illustrations of them, by Anne Wilsdorf, sparkle with charm.) Every night Sophie gives Bernice a bottle and puts her to bed. They visit the library and have picnics in the park until one day, Sophie reluctantly realizes Bernice won’t last forever. Sophie buries her in the backyard to keep her safe and warm for the winter, and spring delivers a lovely surprise. Ages 3–7.

— Noreen

This book is the amusing tale of a young girl and her squash. Sophie loves her friend the squash, and takes it with her everywhere. Her parents become concerned as the squash begins to do what squashes do if not cooked, but Sophie cannot be convinced that she needs to leave her friend behind. Funny and sweet, Sophie’s Squash builds to a satisfying (and realistic) conclusion. 

— Flannery


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.

About the Author

PAT ZIETLOW MILLER received an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor for Sophie's Squash, her picture book debut, which was published to four starred reviews and named a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book. The book is based on a true story—Pat's own daughter, Sonia, once loved a squash. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Visit the author at

ANNE WILSDORF is the illustrator of numerous books for children, including Dogs on the Bed by Elizabeth Bluemle, The Best Story by Eileen Spinelli, Alligator Sue by Sharon Arms Doucet, and the Ruby Lu series by Lenore Look. She lives and works in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Praise For…

"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."--Booklist, starred review

"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."--School Library Journal, starred review

"Sensitive but funny... Miller’s easygoing storytelling taps into the familiar scenario of children making fierce attachments to favorite objects."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This season-spanning turn with high-spirited Sophie offers endearing lessons about nurture and regeneration."--Kirkus Review, starred review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780307978967
ISBN-10: 0307978966
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
Publication Date: August 6th, 2013
Pages: 40
Language: English
Series: Sophie's Squash
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Created At: 3/7/2014 08:25am
Last Updated At: 10/21/2020 06:00am