Big Pumpkin (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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The witch has grown the biggest pumpkin ever, and now she wants to make herself a pumpkin pie for Halloween. But the pumpkin is so big she can't get it off the vine.

It's so big the ghost can't move it, either. Neither can the vampire, nor the mummy. It looks as if there'll be no pumpkin pie for Halloween, until along comes the bat with an idea to save the day.

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The witch has grown the biggest pumpkin ever, and now she wants to make herself a pumpkin pie for Halloween. But the pumpkin is so big she can't get it off the vine.

It's so big the ghost can't move it, either. Neither can the vampire, nor the mummy. It looks as if there'll be no pumpkin pie for Halloween, until along comes the bat with an idea to save the day.

How can the tiny bat succeed where bigger and strong spooky creatures have failed? You'll be surprised!

A witch trying to pick a big pumpkin on Halloween discovers the value of cooperation when she gets help from a series of monsters.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A rhythmic text and a vibrant palette combine in a Halloween tale noteworthy for its finely tuned balance of drama and comedy. A green-faced witch, with pickle-shaped nose and chin, decides to mark the holiday by baking a pumpkin pie. But the pumpkin she's planted is stuck on the vine. A gallery of graveyard ghouls comes to her aid--first a translucent white ghost, then a smartly dressed vampire, a tightly bound mummy and, finally, a bat with a bright idea. Their breezy conversations create a pleasantly sinister mood that stops just short of being scary. Accordingly, in Schindler's hands the cast looks not so much spooky as spirited. The eye-catching full-spread illustrations, in rich hues of orange and blue, capture the midnight magic, while dropped-out type adds an extra dash of mystery. A fine combination of fright and fun. Ages 4-8. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Like Tolstoy's Great Enormous Turnip, Silverman's Big Pumpkin wont's budge from the ground even with the witch's magic. On a Halloween eve, help comes from unusual sources: a ghost, a mummy, a vampire, and a bat who all discover that cooperation is the only way to budge a stubborn pumpkin. Action-filled paintings add to the fun of this cumulative adventure. The pulling and tugging sequences build in their power and hilarity. 1995 (orig.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
This story is a perfect for young listeners who still seek comfort during Halloween and who are ready for a story. The repetition, internal rhymes, and places for chorusing involve and reassure young listeners. The story presents traditionally frightening figures in a friendly light. The tale centers on a green-faced, grumpy witch who is craving a piece of pumpkin pie, but she can't separate her huge pumpkin from its vine. A ghost, vampire, and mummy believe themselves strong enough to triumph, but they find that success only comes with cooperation. The satisfying end brings shared pumpkin pie and friendship, providing yet another subtle reassurance. There are also sounds and speech that make this a natural read-aloud for parents.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- A rollicking, amusing Halloween tale. Based on the Russian folktale ``The Turnip,'' it's the cumulative tale of a witch who plants a pumpkin seed in anticipation of a Halloween pie. When the pumpkin grows too large, however, she finds she needs the help of some fitting wanderers: ghost, vampire, mummy, and a little bat. Some nice lessons are learned: the need for help from others, the joy of sharing, and that everyone--no matter what size-- has something to offer. The text is rhythmic and repetitive, making it a surefire success for story hours or read-alouds. Schindler's richly colored illustrations lend humor and give a lively feeling to the characters and plot, helping to make the story nonthreatening for the youngest of readers. The book starts with a large border, and the pictures and the pumpkin grow as large as the page. Rousing good fun for the Halloween season and far beyond. --Elizabeth Hanson, Chicago Pub . Lib .
Ilene Cooper
With pie on her mind, a witch goes to her garden to pick a special pumpkin off the vine. But she's watered and weeded it a bit too well--the gigantic pumpkin won't be budged. A ghost comes along and offers his help, as does a vampire, and a mummy, but all their tugging is to no avail. Then a bat flutters up, and the others laugh, for what can such a little thing do? The bat has an idea, though: they will all pull together. The pumpkin is liberated, and the ghoulies are soon enjoying pie. A take-off on other stories where giant vegetables (notably turnips) are pulled from the ground, this one will have special appeal because of its Halloween theme. Silverman's use of repetition is slightly overdone, but the rhythmic word patterns will still be pleasing to kids. Artwork, heavy both in shape and color, is a good choice for this nighttime adventure. A treat for story hours.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785783367
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 12
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

S. D. Schindler is the popular and versatile illustrator of many books for children, including Big Pumpkin and the ALA Notable Book Don't Fidget a Feather, both by Erica Silverman, How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky, and Johnny Appleseed by Rosemary and Stephen Vincent Benét. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2011

    Excellent Halloween Book!

    I read and sing this book to my first grade students every October. They love this book and ask me to read it over and over again. If you are familiar with the book, The Great, Big, Enormous Turnip, you will note similarities in this story. Really a great, fun read for young children. BUY IT! If you can get a copy of the CD or tape that comes with it, you will enjoy it even more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2009

    big pumpkin

    this book, let me just tell u this book is a FACSANATING, VEEERY EDUCATIONAL, I JUST LUUUUUUUUUUUUUUVE THIS BOOK

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  • Posted October 15, 2008

    My favorite book for kids

    I bought this book five years ago when my eldest daughter was in kindergarten. Now my kids and I take it out every October and read it several times for Halloween (we also read it during other times of the year but it has become a Halloween tradition for us). My older children are now out of the age range that this book is meant for, but they still appreciate how cute this book is, and they will listen as I read it to my youngest child. The text is fun and the illustrations are wonderful. This has become one of my all-time favorite books for kids. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2007

    Best story about teamwork EVER

    I first heard this story when I taught preschoolers. It has a tape that accompanies the story that is WONDERFUL. It's a MUST with the book because it's like watching a movie/cartoon but you're actually READING with your little one. I really recommend you purchase this story WITH the tape if you can find it. It is really well made - acted out on tape with music. Because of this story/tape combo, all other books I purchased with tapes/CDs are sadly lacking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2005

    Big Pumpkin is great!

    Erica Silverman. Big Pumpkin Illus. by S.D. Schindler Scholastic. 1992. I.S.B.N 0-590-47760-9 Big Pumpkin is fun, spirited, and educational. Readers watch as new friendships are formed and more colorful characters are introduced. This monster-filled book revolves around the fact that nothing is stronger than working together. Many lessons are learned despite the Halloween theme. Readers learn how to work together and share. The characters learn to respect each other and to see past appearances. Patience and hard work give rewards. The repetition teaches readers to recall words, which will help them to learn how to read. The recommended age for readers is ages 5 and up. From experience, I have found that kindergarteners enjoy Big Pumpkin, especially before Halloween. The illustrations are wonderful, for they show the character¿s emotions. The pictures are so clear, and the colors are bold, yet softened. The effect is so wonderful that it is indescribable. The pictures really pull young readers in. Big Pumpkin evolves around Halloween friendships, but the book also teaches many inspiring lessons. Most importantly, it is fun and brings parents and children together to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2003

    This book is GREAT

    I read this book to my daughter's kindergarten class and they loved it. Since then I have read it to my kids at home and they like to hear it again and again. Because the words are sort of repetitive, my five year old can 'read' the book to me and I love that! She remembers the words and is using them to develop her beginning stages of reading. I also should mention that the illustrations in this book are fabulous. I especially love the Vampire, and each time I see him pulling on the pumpkin, it makes me smile. The book also has a message about working together and also realizing that just becuase someone does not appear big or strong, they can still be greatly helpful in certain tough situations. I love this book and so do my children...I am so glad I stumbled upon it one day in Barnes & Noble.

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