In honor of “I love to read month,” I’d like to tell you about a new book we discovered last week.
Sophie’s Squash pulls together several elements that are familiar to my boys: gardening, the farmer’s market and story time at the library. It resonated with me as a mom because it so accurately portrays the determination and imagination of the typical preschooler. We all liked the cute illustrations and satisfying ending.
The story begins one fall day when Sophie and her parents visit the farmer’s market and buy a squash. Before they can cook it, Sophie claims it as her own, draws a face on it and wraps it in a blanket. It’s “just the right size to love.” Sophie’s new “baby” Bernice goes everywhere with her. Her parents try several strategies to get the squash from Sophie before it starts to decay. But nothing works and Bernice starts to look a little blotchy. Soon even Sophie recognizes the problem. She comes up with a solution after talking to one of the vendors at the farmer’s market – a solution that probably has her parents thinking, “here we go again.”