Picture Book Review of Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller

Book Review, Children's Books, Picture Books
Sophie's Squash

Sophie's SquashSophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf

Age Range: 3 – 7 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 2

Genre: Picture book, humor, friendship

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade; First Edition edition (August 6, 2013)

Source: Gift

Our rating: 5 of 5 stars




About Sophie’s 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.


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About Pat Zietlow Miller:

Pat Zietlow Miller knew she wanted to be a writer ever since her seventh-grade English teacher read her paper about square-dancing skirts out loud in class and said: “This is the first time anything a student has written has given me chills.” (Thanks, Mrs. Mueller! You rock!)

Pat started out as a newspaper reporter and wrote about everything from dartball and deer-hunting to diets and decoupage. Then, she joined an insurance company and edited its newsletter and magazine.

Now, she writes insurance information by day and children’s books by night. Her first picture book, SOPHIE’S SQUASH, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf was released in 2013 from Schwartz & Wade, a division of Random House. It won the Golden Kite Award for picture book text from the SCBWI and was named a Charlotte Zolotow and an Ezra Jack Keats honor book

Her second picture book, WHEREVER YOU GO, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler, was released by Little, Brown in 2015.

Other books in the works include: SHARING THE BREAD, which is being illustrated by Jill McElmurry (Schwartz & Wade), THE QUICKEST KID IN CLARKSVILLE, illustrated by Frank Morrison (Chronicle), BE KIND, illustrated by Jen Hill (Roaring Brook), SOPHIE ISN’T LONELY illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf (Schwartz & Wade), WIDE-AWAKE BEAR (HarperCollins) and MY BROTHER, THE DUCK (Chronicle)

Pat has one wonderful husband, two delightful daughters and two pampered cats. She doesn’t watch much TV, but she does love “Chopped.” Pat lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

You can follow Pat on Twitter (@PatZMiller). You can also visit her website at http://www.patzietlowmiller.com


My Thoughts on Sophie’s Squash:

Sophie brings a squash home from the farmers market and decides it is just the right size to love. They spend every second of every day together until Sophie notices her squash turning soft and spotted. In desperation to keep her friend, she takes a farmer’s advice and buries the squash in the backyard. The next spring, Sophie is in for a surprise!

This humorous picture book explores childhood imagination, determination, and the beautiful concept of optimism. This is the perfect book for fall.


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