Sophie's Squash Go to School by Pat Zietlow Miller

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...few clues to the question Miller generates in the text: why in the world is an upbeat and happy kid like Steven so intent on being friends with such a contrary girl...Sophie’s negativity is a definite turnoff, though Steven and his problem-solving are delightful.
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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. . . .
 

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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. She is also the author of the picture books Wherever You Go and Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Visit the author at patzietlowmiller.com.Anne Wilsdorf’s illustrations for Sophie’s Squash were described as “bursting with color and energy on every page” in a starred review by Booklist. She has illustrated numerous other books for children, including My Dog’s a Chicken by Susan McElroy Montanari, 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.
Author Residence: Madison, WIANNE WILSDORF's illustrations for Sophie's Squash were described as "bursting with color and energy on every page" in a starred review by Booklist. She has illustrated numerous other books for children, including My Dog's a Chicken by Susan McElroy Montanari, 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.Illustrator Residence: Lausanne, Switzerland
 
Published June 28, 2016 by Schwartz & Wade. 41 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on May 04 2016

...few clues to the question Miller generates in the text: why in the world is an upbeat and happy kid like Steven so intent on being friends with such a contrary girl...Sophie’s negativity is a definite turnoff, though Steven and his problem-solving are delightful.

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