How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?

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Overview

Here is an adorable picture book for curious kids, which explores skip counting and estimation in a fun pumpkin-themed classroom experiment. "How many seeds are in a pumpkin?" Mr. Tiffin asks his class as they gather around the big, medium, and small pumpkins on his desk. Robert, the biggest kid, guesses that the largest one has a million seeds; Elinor, sounding like she knows what she's talking about, guesses the medium one has 500 seeds; and Anna, who likes even numbers better than odd ones, guesses that the ...

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Overview

Here is an adorable picture book for curious kids, which explores skip counting and estimation in a fun pumpkin-themed classroom experiment. "How many seeds are in a pumpkin?" Mr. Tiffin asks his class as they gather around the big, medium, and small pumpkins on his desk. Robert, the biggest kid, guesses that the largest one has a million seeds; Elinor, sounding like she knows what she's talking about, guesses the medium one has 500 seeds; and Anna, who likes even numbers better than odd ones, guesses that the little one has 22. Charlie, the smallest boy in the class, doesn't have a guess. Counting pumpkin seeds is messy business, but once the slimy job is done, to everyone's surprise, the smallest pumpkin has the most seeds! As Charlie happily exclaims, "Small things have a lot going on inside of them." This book makes a wonderful read-aloud companion to any math or science curriculum, and it's a fun way to reinforce counting skills at home.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Review, San Francisco Chronicle (circ: 329,989), September 30, 2007:
"There's quite a lot to learn about pumpkins in this book, which even a math-phobe can love, plus there's kids working together and having their minds opened once their assumptions are trounced. Karas' stylized illustrations capture the fun of an engaging, hands-on classroom project."
—Regan McMahon
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2
Charlie, the smallest kid in class, hates lining up by size. One day, his teacher brings three pumpkins to school-small, medium, and large-and asks the children to guess which one contains the most seeds. After a round of guessing, they open them up and dig in to find out. This messy job yields a surprising answer that leaves Charlie saying, "Small things can have a lot going on inside them." Karas's characteristic watercolor illustrations done in a fall palette depict a diverse, modern classroom full of warm and humorous details. Spreads of the seeds sorted by twos, fives, and tens encourage readers to count along with the students. Intriguing facts about pumpkins, including how to tell which yield the most seeds, conclude the book. This enjoyable story, sprinkled with math and science lessons, should be a first-purchase consideration.
—Julie RoachCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
The smallest boy in class learns an important lesson about size in this delightful tale that combines a boost in self-esteem and a math lesson. Charlie loves everything about school except lining up by size-he is always the smallest. One fall day, his teacher presents the class with three pumpkins: small, medium and large. They must predict how many seeds are in each, then do the messy but fun work of removing the seeds. For homework, they think of how they should count them all. One group counts by twos, one by fives and Charlie counts the smallest pumpkin's seeds by tens. The final tally is a surprise to everyone, with a not-so-subtle message that "Small things can have a lot going on inside them." A page of pumpkin facts will have readers wanting to grow their own pumpkins. Karas's watercolors charmingly portray Mr. Tiffin's busy class hard at work, but having fun learning. The children's faces vividly express the wide range of reactions to pumpkin guts, as well as Charlie's uncertainty about being the smallest. This will resound well with elementary-school teachers, who will find it useful for teaching prediction, skip counting and even beginning multiplication. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375840142
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/10/2007
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 37,651
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.87 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret McNamara is the author of The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot, George Washington's Birthday, and the popular Robin Hill School early reader series. The Pumpkin Patch, in this series, was awarded the Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio Best Book Gold Award. She lives in New York City.

G. Brian Karas is the versatile and acclaimed illustrator and writer of many books for children, including Are You Going to Be Good? (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book), Home on the Bayou (recipient of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award), and the bestselling Muncha, Muncha, Muncha by Candace Fleming. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2011

    Wonderful book!

    I love this book! It is a very good book for launching an investigation into the science and math work with pumpkins that children engage in. I highly reccommend it!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    My students loved this book! I used it just like the story. I ha

    My students loved this book! I used it just like the story. I had my students bring pumpkins (one per group) and then had them figure out which skip counting pattern they wanted to use. They had a great time and learned math along the way. I recommend this book to any elementary school teacher. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Highly recommended!

    Very good and very educational! Sent this and several other books to our granddaughter in New York for her 4th birthday. It's very age appropriate, and I know she'll love it. Although her mommy and daddy will read it to her first, my husband and I will be visiting for Thanksgiving, and we'll have the pleasure of reading it to her as well.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2011

    Great Read for Children

    Gave this book to our granddaughters, ages 7 and 5. The seven year old reads above her age level and she read the book to her sister. They love pumpkins and Fall festivals and carving pumpkins for Halloween so they really liked this book about pumpkins.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

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    love it

    i got this book for my then 2 year old daughter, to read with her. she loves it! it is a great story with hidden social and scientific lessons. it is now one of my must gives for any of her friends birthdays! i know you will enjoy it too. and after having read it a million times, i still enjoy it

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  • Posted September 6, 2009

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    Cute story - nice "moral" with added science facts

    My son was more interested in the science facts and the experiment process, but he got the "moral" of the story - which is that size is not everything! He liked the humorous bits as well, and commented that he knew someone like the character named Robert. I must also give credit for the terrific illustrations!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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