PPBF: Sophie’s Squash Goes to School

Perfect Picture Book Friday…hurray! I must apologize for being somewhat absent from the blogging scene these last two months. With the exciting WOW Retreat in just a couple of days (WOO-HOO!) and my surgery looming at the beginning of August, preparing for both has gobbled up my time. But I’m thrilled to feature a brand new picture book from one of my favorite authors who will be our Will Write for Cookies guest tomorrow.

Before we get to the picture book review, we have some unfinished business to take care of. Last month I promised to give away a copy of Diana Murray’s, City Shapes. I asked that you leave a comment telling your favorite city. And you did…Boston, London, New Orleans, Singapore, Louisville, Toronto, Anchorage, Vancouver, Chattanooga, Amsterdam, Sarasota, Dublin, and New York City.

AND THE WINNER IS….

JENNIFER COLE JUDD

Congratulations, Jennifer. Please contact me at viviankirkfield@gmail.com so I can get that wonderful book to you ASAP.

And now for today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday pick!

sophie squash school

Sophie’s Squash Goes to School

Written by Pat Zietlow Miller

Illustrated by Ann Wilsdorf

Publisher: Schwartz and Wade (2016)

Ages: 3 and up

Themes: First day of school, friendship

Synopsis:

From Amazon:

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.

Why I like this book:

  • Many children face the same issues of being attached to something they can’t bear to part with and not knowing how to reach out and make friends.
  • I love that it is a first day of school story.
  • The author does a fantastic job of engaging the listener/reader…and the illustrations marry perfectly with the text.

 

This post is part of a series for parents and teachers called Perfect Picture Book Fridays hosted by Susannah Leonard Hill. Click on her link and find lots of other picture book suggestionsIV with summaries and activities.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, dear friends and readers. And please don’t forget to come back tomorrow for:

Will Write for Cookies

With

Pat Zietlow Miller

AND A

GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2018), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, cooking, playing Monopoly with my 8-year old grandson and fly-fishing with my husband.

Posted on July 15, 2016, in book giveaway, Perfect Pictture Book Friday, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. It is already time to think “back to school,” and this sounds like the perfect fit. Anyone who enjoyed the gentle humor and tenderness of Sophie’s Squash will like this follow-up. I can’t wait to see it!

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  2. This is a great book! Hope the retreat is as much fun as it promises to be. I think one of my critique partners is going, too. Will be sending prayers for a swift recovery after surgery, Vivian.

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  3. Keep running into reviews of this book. It really looks special. Have fun at your retreat and good luck with your surgery.

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  4. This sounds like the perfect antidote to back-to-school jitters. Funny, too, that Sophie realizes that the squash won’t last forever as friends just as fall, and the end of gardening season, loom.

    Enjoy the WOW retreat & sending thoughts & prayers for your surgery & speedy recovery afterwards.

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  5. I well recall my daughter’s first day of school jitters…and the second day, and the third day… She didn’t know how to make a friend, and the best advice I could give her was to start by saying, “Hi! My name is…” I have a feeling every fan of Pat Zietlow Miller has been anxiously awaiting Sophie’s Squash Go To School. I, for one, was at the bookstore the day it hit the shelves – ready to add my newest addition to my shelf of very, very favorite picture books.

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  6. Great review! I loved this book! 🙂

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  7. I loved the first book and can’t wait to read this next one! Thanks for featuring it, Vivian.

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  8. Squee!! Thank you SO much, Vivian! I have been so excited to get Diana’s book! What a treat! I am so thrilled. Thank you, thank you!

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