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.