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Sophie's Squash
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Sophie's Squash

Illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf


Sophie's Squash

About the Book

On a trip to the market, Sophie chooses a squash, but instead of letting her mom cook it, she names it Bernice. Sophie brings Bernice everywhere, despite her parents’ gentle warnings that Bernice will begin to rot. As winter nears, Sophie notices changes…What’s a girl to do when the squash she loves is in trouble?

Product Details

On sale: June 8, 2021
Age: 3-7 years
Grade: Preschool - 2
Page count: 40 Pages
ISBN: 9780593181690
Reading level: Lexile: 550L | Fountas/Pinnell: M

Author Bio

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.


"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