By Pat Zietlow Miller, Illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf
Schwartz & Wade Books, $16.99, 32 pages
Sophie helps her parents pick out vegetables at the market. When she adopts a squash as her new best friend “Bernice,” her parents have to admit they always hoped she’d love vegetables. Sophie takes Bernice everywhere – to the library, to the garden and to the market to visit other squash. When Bernice turns spotty and a little squishy, mom and dad try reasoning with Sophie, to no avail. Sophie tries her best to keep her squash healthy, finally resorting to placing Bernice in some healthy soil. Come spring, Sophie finds a new friend or two in the garden.
For any child with a favorite object, Sophie’s Squash will stir familiar feelings. With darling illustrations and a nicely done book interior (check out the inside cover drawings), this story will be read repeatedly for its meaningful story and attractive artwork. Sophie’s Squash offers a sweet story of friendship.
Reviewed by Lisa Ard