Perfect Picture Book Friday! Sophie’s Squash Go to School by Pat Zietlow Miller

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because sometimes it takes a bit of work to grow a friend.

squash2Sophie’s Squash Go to School
Written by Pat Zietlow Miller
Illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf
40 pages – ages 5+

Published by Schwartz & Wade on June 28, 2016

Theme/Topic- Making friends

Genre- Realistic Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “On the first day of school, Sophie peeked into her classroom.”

Synopsis from publisher: “This charming sequel to the beloved Sophie’s Squash is the perfect antidote to the back-to-school jitters. Sophie goes to school for the first time and has no interest in making friends that aren’t squash. Here’s a gently humorous read-aloud that proves that making friends, just like growing squash, takes time.

On Sophie’s first day of school, nobody appreciates her two best friends, Bonnie and Baxter, baby squash that she grew in her garden. Even worse, one classmate, Steven Green, won’t leave Sophie alone. He sits by her at circle time. He plays near her during recess. And he breathes on her while she paints. Steven just wants to be friends, but Sophie isn’t interested. Still, Sophie knows that her squash friends won’t last forever. Maybe it would be nice to have some human friends after all. . . .”

What I Thought- Ms. Miller did a fabulous job with this sequel to Sophie’s Squash! I enjoyed the way it dealt with making new friends, showing the Sophie was perfectly fine without human friends (or so she thought), but when Bonnie and Baxter need to get planted in the ground, she gets lonely. I thought that that was a marvelous idea. Ms. Wilsdorf’s illustrations are perfect for the book, with a soft glow created from the watercolors. This is a great picture book about friendship!

Activities and Resources- You can visit to read an article about helping your kids make friends HERE.

You can visit to read an article about growing your own butternut squash HERE!

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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18 replies

  1. Erik, This sounds like a great read-aloud for a classroom–especially, on that first day. Wonderful review!

  2. Beautiful book Erik. Also great for early spring season when its time to plant. Loved the themes.

  3. I adored Sophie’s Squash. This sounds equally delightful. Nicely done, Erik.

  4. I love Sophie AND her squash friends. Great choice, E. I hope Mom reads this to me. Or buys me a squash to eat…

    Love and licks,

  5. Can’t wait to read this!

  6. Thank you for reviewing my book!

  7. Squash friends. What a great story!

  8. I still need to read it – can’t wait!

  9. Wow, I’m so impressed not only by the review but the suggestions for further exploration of the book’s topic. Will be circling back here for ideas for new books to read with my family this summer. Thank you, Erik!

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