SOPHIE’S SQUASH Comes to Visit

Yesterday was a great day! Pat Zietlow Miller, author extraordinaire, visited St. Francis Xavier School.

Pat’s debut picture book, Sophie’s Squash, has done exceedingly well. Not only did her book receive FOUR starred reviews, but it is also a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book and an Ezra Jack Keats Honor Book. Wow! That’s says a lot about Pat and her talent as a writer!

The students at St. Francis were thrilled with Pat Zietlow Miller’s spot-on presentations and reading of her book. She spoke about how to look for ideas, about revisions and editing, and how a picture book goes from a manuscript to a finished product. With a PowerPoint presentation, samples of edits, folds and gathers (F&Gs), and fun tattoos for the younger set, Pat captured the students’ attention. She and Sophie’s Squash left everyone with lots of food — or is that squash—for thought.

Here are some highlights of the day.

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Pat Zietlow Miller arrives!

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Pat signing copies of Sophie’s Squash.

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Pat reading Sophie’s Squash to kindergarten, first, and second graders.

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Pat showing 4K  a “Sophie.”

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Pat giving a PowerPoint presentation to the third, fourth, and fifth graders.

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Pat mesmerizing sixth, seven, and eighth graders.

Some reactions and questions from students.

From a 5K student:  “I’m going to write a book when I get home.”

Pat asked 4K students, “What do you need to write?” One student quickly answered, “Glasses!(Did you notice Pat wears glasses?)

 Heard when students found out Pat dedicated Sophie’s Squash to her daughter, Sonia. “Sonia’s famous.”

Asked what was going to happen to Bernice, the squash, as she got older — the answer:  “She’ll melt.”

Also heard:  “I don’t like squash.”

Asked by a third grader:  “Do you ever get frustrated?” (Oh, yes!)

Heard from one of the first graders after receiving a squash tattoo, “I got a tomato!”

At the end of a successful day, the St. Francis students couldn’t let Pat leave without taking home a bag of squash that included student suggestions on what to do with them.

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Dinner in a bag!

St. Francis Xavier thanks Pat Zietlow Miller for coming to their school.

Watch for more of Pat’s books coming in the future.

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