The Squash Trolls



Write and illustrate a book for second grade students that emphasizes the importance of community and that is accessible to readers of different skill levels.


Communities are a major concept in Manitoba's grade two social studies curriculum. This story establishes the importance of gardens as spaces for building healthy communities through both actions and stories.


For accessibility, the story is written at both a simple and complex level. The simpler, grade level text connects directly with the illustrations to help the reader interpret any new words.