Peter Peter and Wanda love to watch their pumpkins grow fat in the field. Life is lovely, until the rains come and make their mud hut sad and soggy.

When Peter Peter needs to buy tin for a new roof, he decides to trade their goat for a bag of treasure. But the treasure turns out to be nothing more than some big seeds! What will Peter Peter and Wanda do now? Little do they know, those seeds might be just what ...

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Peter Peter Picks a Pumpkin House

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Peter Peter and Wanda love to watch their pumpkins grow fat in the field. Life is lovely, until the rains come and make their mud hut sad and soggy.

When Peter Peter needs to buy tin for a new roof, he decides to trade their goat for a bag of treasure. But the treasure turns out to be nothing more than some big seeds! What will Peter Peter and Wanda do now? Little do they know, those seeds might be just what they need.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
A bit of a nursery rhyme and some folktales seem to have been blended together to create this story about Peter Peter and his wife, Wanda. The husband and wife happily tend to their farm's pumpkin patch. When the rains arrive, they discover that they need to repair their hut's leaky roof. Wanda's father tells Peter Peter to fix the roof immediately so that Wanda does not get sick. Peter Peter sells the goat to purchase tin for the roof, trading it for a bag of treasure which he plans to trade for tin. Oddly, he trustingly accepts the trade without examining the treasure. At the tin seller's shop, Peter Peter feels duped when he discovers that the treasure is just some large seeds. Disgusted with the transaction, he tosses the bag of seeds in the mud. By evening, something mysterious begins to happen. Soft, gentle pencil drawings illustrate this story of Peter Peter and Wanda as they find a solution to their problem. In the end, "life is lovely" again. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
Kirkus Reviews
Inspired by "Jack and the Beanstalk" as well as the familiar nursery rhyme, this chapter book tells a middling origin story about Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater's infamous abode. The farmer and his wife adore every variety of their seasonal crop. When the rain pours into their humble hut, Peter Peter trades their favorite goat for a mysterious bag of treasure. Instead of jewels, the package holds a multitude of pumpkin seeds, and in a tantrum, he stomps them into the field. When the crop yields enormous produce, the couple prepares their sturdy new dwelling. Spare text favors repetition, and short chapters and ample drawings suit newly independent readers. The straightforward sequence of events quickly unfolds, while the couple's actions maintain traditional gender roles. Earnest dialogue does little to enhance the slight narrative, and occasional rhymes provide lackluster results, as when the farmer sings, "Grow, oh, grow, / oh, pumpkin so / big and round / on the ground." Boase's nimble lines add necessary details, outlining facial features and family dynamics, strengthening the story. Though an interesting premise, the final product bears little fruit. (Fantasy. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429964623
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

CHRISTINE GRAHAMis the author of Three Little Robbers. She lives with her family in an old house in Salt Lake City, Utah, and teaches college English.

SUSAN BOASE lives with her husband and two fox terriers in Portland, Oregon.When she’s not drawing pictures, she is writing stories or making things out of clay.

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CHAPTER 1Life Was LovelyEvery morning, when the sun lit the tops of the bingbang trees, Peter Peter got out his hoe. He stretched his arms and smiled."Another great day to hoe pumpkins," he said.He went to the pumpkin field and hoed away the weeds. He sang to the pumpkin vines.Grow, oh, grow, Oh, pumpkins so Big and round On the ground.Every morning, when the sun lit the roots of the bingbang trees, Peter Peter's wife, Wanda, got out her buckets. She stretched her arms and smiled."Another great day to water pumpkins," she said.She filled her buckets with water. Then she put pumpkin muffins and a bottle of goat milk in a basket. She went to the pumpkin field.She watered the pumpkins. She shared goat milk and muffins with Peter Peter."The vines thank you and I thank you," said Peter Peter.Every evening, when the sun set behind the bingbang trees, Peter Peter and Wanda sat on the porch of their hut. The hut was made of mud.They drank red tea and watched their goat eat grass. They watched the pumpkins grow fat in the field."We have many pumpkins," said Peter Peter."I will make many muffins and pies," Wanda said."And cookies," said Peter Peter.Peter Peter and Wanda watched the round orange sun set.Life was lovely.Text copyright © 2009 by Christine Graham Illustrations copyright © 2009 by Susan Boase All rights reserved.
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