That’s what Benji does in BENJI AND THE 24 POUND BANANA SQUASH (Clavis Publishing; October 2017) by bestselling author Alan C. Fox with illustrations by Eefje Kuijl.
This garden-to-table story teaches children about patience, love, and perseverance.
It all begins when Benji plants squash seeds he saved from the summer before in the back of the garden. He carefully waters them, but for awhile, nothing happens. Then suddenly one day, tiny sprouts start pushing through the soil and Benji begins to see his hard work pay off.
When the gigantic banana squash is ready to be harvested, Benji’s dad weighs the vegetable – twenty-four pounds! – and takes a picture of Benji with it. But the best part comes when Benji’s mom cooks the squash with butter and brown sugar, so everyone in the family can gather and enjoy a delicious feast.
BENJI AND THE 24 POUND BANANA SQUASH is based on a real-life event that happened when Alan Fox was eight. “I wanted to share the joy I experienced when I grew – what I thought was – the world’s biggest banana squash,” he explains. “I hope this book will inspire children and show them the value of patience and perseverance as well as the pleasures of growing their own fruits and vegetables to share with family and friends.”
I received a complimentary copy.
Cassandra's Review- The bright illustrations make this very well written book come to life. The story is perfect for your little ones, especially if you are starting a garden. I know that with my own family, when the seeds get planted the waiting can be slow going and sometimes not super fun, but when it is time to harvest the end result is so worth it!