Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Fall Harvest of Picture Books: Sophie's Squash

What’s more perfect for a fall story-time than a squash-centric picture book with charming illustrations?

Sophie’s Squash, written by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated in sweetly expressive watercolor by Anne Wilsdorf (Published by Schwartz & Wade in 2013), fits the bill.

Here’s the gist: Mom buys a pear-shaped squash at the farmer’s market, intending to cook it for dinner. Young Sophie takes a marker and draws on a face. After Sophie names the squash Bernice, mom says, “I’ll call for a pizza.”

There’s gentle humor and loads of warmth in first-time author Miller’s text. Themes range from unlikely friendships (girl meets squash), to the life cycle (Bernice doesn’t stay nice and firm forever), to harvest and planting times.

Don’t be surprised if the kids at your story-time want to immediately plant squash seeds—but tell them it’s better to wait until spring.

Coming Next Week: More Picture Books about Veggies!

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