Five Little Pumpkins

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Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
This board book format version of the Halloween counting chant is not only fun for the tongue, it is also a great way to naturally introduce math—appealing rhymes and chants like this beg to be done again and again, providing the important practice and repetition young children need. At the same time, they build vocabulary with words like "beware". Going up to five is just right for toddlers and preschoolers; in this case, the rhyme includes the ordinal words (first, second, etc.). While it can be done as a finger play, Ben Mantle's cheerful illustrations of the chant are sure to draw the children back. The grinning pumpkins, smiling witch, and a polka dot moon keep the nighttime background from being too spooky. Home and school libraries should be able to use this book all year round. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
PreS-K—In this board-book version of the popular rhyme, the opening spread takes readers to the patch where five pumpkins of various sizes and shapes sit on a gate. Their expressions give each one a unique personality. With the exception of one phrase, the text remains close to the usual wording of this traditional finger play. Instead of calling out "but we don't care," the third little pumpkin says, "Good folk, beware!" To keep with the nighttime setting, Mantle uses a range of blues and purples, and the pumpkins easily stand out in the dark backgrounds. Grandmotherly-looking witches fly in the air as their brooms leave behind a stream of tiny stars. Children will notice other eye-catching details, including the spotted green moon, frog with a pointy hat, red-eyed black spiders, and purple cat. The concluding page's yellow green sky lets readers know that morning is approaching. The spreads are not as cluttered as those in Iris Van Rynback's Five Little Pumpkins (Boyds Mills, 1995), and the pumpkins have friendlier personalities in comparison to those in Dan Yaccarino's Five Little Pumpkins (HarperFestival, 1998). While other versions of this seasonal rhyme exist, this one is fresh and comical.—Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589258563
  • Publisher: Tiger Tales
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 988,684
  • Lexile: AD250L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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