by Pat Zietlow Miller; illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf
Schwartz & Wade Books, 2016.
Picture book, fiction, friendship
Interest level: PreK-grade 2
Reading level: 2.9
4 out of 5 stars
This is a sequel to the wonderful Sophie’s Squash. It is not imperative that you read the original Sophie story, but it does provide some background that gives this story a little more depth.
It is time for Sophie to go to school, so she takes her two friends, Bonnie and Baxter, with her. While sometimes it can be comforting to take something special from home when you go to school for the first time, Sophie only wants to play with her squash and refuses to make friends with her classmates. One boy in particular refuses to give up on Sophie, following her and watching everything she does.
After accidentally ripping a picture Sophie drew of Bonnie and Baxter, Steve Green apologizes in a way that makes Sophie look at friendship in a new way and she begins to connect with her classmates. The last line of the book is very profound and sums up the story well — “Sometimes growing a friend just takes time.”
Readers who enjoyed Sophie’s Squash will like this sequel. This would also be a good book for parents or teachers to read to child heading off to school for the first time.