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One of my top, top favorite picture books. How can a book about a squash bring tears to my eyes EVERY TIME I read it?!? This book is the perfect mix of heart and humor. Definitely one I immediately bought for our shelf at home. There is an independent bookstore next to our local farmer's market. They have a children's book section, but did NOT have this book! I talked to the owner, and said "How can you have all of this 'farmer's market' foot traffic and NOT have this book displayed front & center?!?" She looked into it, and it is now proudly displayed front and center every time I walk in during the farmer's market. I hope I helped this book make it into more homes, because it brings me and my child a ton of joy. This is a book that will stand the test of time. I have no doubt. :)
This book has been our favorite fall themed story that we added to our shelves this year. Sophie has a special bond with Bernice. They go to story time, practice somersaults and Sophie even tucks Bernice in at night. The only problem is that Bernice is a squash. Her parents keep reminding her that vegetables don't last forever, but Sophie just doesn't want to believe them. Finally she starts noticing the physical changes and seeks advice from a farmer at the market. He tells Sophie that a healthy squash needs fresh air, good dirt and love. That gives Sophie an idea on how to help Bernice and the solution is just absolutely perfect!!! This book is truly charming. It captures young innocence and weaves in a bit of humor and some great lessons.
The first book was great. This book is just a gender stereotype of a girl telling her mom a boy is bothering her at school and her mom saying he is not doing anything wrong. It is gross and annoying. The baby squashes were cute but what a terrible story for a young girl to hear about!?!
I enjoyed reading this book and I think my students will too. The dialogue is witty and the author did a great job with the storyline.
Update: Since the book discusses decomposition I got a butternut squash and drew a face on it. The kids in my class loved looking after Sophie. We counted how many days it took for our squash to decompose. It was a great activity.
I read this book leading up to Thanksgiving for my PreK class. It's fun to have a story about an unusual vegetable that's associated with fall dinners. But the story also connects to other themes like attachments, winter, and the miracle of growing things.
this book is a real winner for kindergarten and 1st grade. I gave to my daughter who was teaching kindergarten last year. she wrapped the butternut squash up in a baby blanket after putting a face on it.. her students passed it around while she read the book. she had to read it several times before the squash had to be retired. she looped up with her class and it was a book they wanted again and again. so I bought another squash.
This sweet, reality-based book inspired my 5-year-old granddaughter to get her mom to buy her her own squash and make her own little Sophie. It can inspire gentle talks about mortality for little kids. We love this book.
I love this - I've bought it for several preschool aged friends (as well as our own family!) after getting it randomly from the library. Overall, a sweet story with some humorous notes that will strike just right for parents ("we always hoped she'd like vegetables!"), friendship (of a sort), and a story about the turnover of the seasons and renewal of the earth. Hits every right spot for me.