Pumpkin Blanket

Pumpkin Blanket

by Deborah Turney Zagwyn, Deborah Turney Zagwyn
     
 

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Sparkling with rich autumn watercolors and magical detail, this book introduces little Clee and her blanket, a true and trusted friend. But when her father's shivering pumpkin patch needs help to survive the frost, Clee understands that it needs her blanket more than she does.  See more details below

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Sparkling with rich autumn watercolors and magical detail, this book introduces little Clee and her blanket, a true and trusted friend. But when her father's shivering pumpkin patch needs help to survive the frost, Clee understands that it needs her blanket more than she does.

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A beautiful and soulful story. . . . Thoughtful recognition of a milestone in a child's growth.- School Library Journal
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Clee was born during the Northern Lights season. She was given-no one could remember how-a patchwork blanket th she has loved forever. The blanket made baby Clee look like a pumpkin when she was wrapped up in it, and the "pumpkin blanket" was what it was called. The blanket protected Clee from prowling coyotes when she was three. It comforted her when she was sent from the dinner table for letting a worm crawl from her shirt pocket when she was four. Now she is five, ready to start school after Christmas, but she still takes the blanket everywhere. Can her parents figure out a painless way for her to give it up? Her father may have an answer. Twelve pumpkins are in the garden. They'll all be jack-o-lanterns when it's time. When a frost threatens the pumpkins, Clee's father asks her for one square from her blanket to protect one pumpkin. She gives the first square, then another, and another, until they are all used, and all the pumpkins are protected. The night before Halloween, when Clee and her father harvest the pumpkins, the squares of the old blanket are carried off by the wind, sewn together by the stars, and wrapped around a "mother-of-pearl pumpkin." Fanciful and lovely, it's a beautiful book.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- A beautiful and soulful story of a father weaning a daughter from her comfort blanket, set in the Canadian countryside. Zagwyn uses imagery from nature to describe Clee dancing in the blanket, wrapping it around her ears to block out coyotes' yowls, and finding comfort from distress beneath it. The autumn before her enrollment in winter-session kindergarten, she follows her father's urging to disassemble the patchwork quilt and to use each individual piece to protect a garden pumpkin from early frosts. As father and daughter harvest their crop, a gust of wind lifts the squares into the night sky where they're sewn back togther and ``the shimmering pumpkin blanket draped itself around a mother-of-pearl pumpkin the moon and the folds winked at Clee . . . .'' Readers are left with the image of the young girl gazing at a dozen flickering jack-o'-lanterns as she fingers a tiny leftover scrap of fabric. The illustrations share the text's lyrical quality and reinforce its many effective natural references with glowing watercolor and colored-pencil artwork executed in luscious earth tones. There is a lovely autumn flavor that links the book with the excitement and power of that season. Following the poetic prose and adjusting to the dreamlike strangeness of the illustrations will be challenging to many young children, but those who rise to the occasion will reap great rewards. Thoughtful recognition of a milestone in a child's growth. --Liza Bliss, Leominster Public Library, MA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781883672591
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
07/28/1997
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.05(w) x 11.76(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

DEBORAH TURNEY ZAGWŸN is the creator of Apple Batter, The Pumpkin Blanket, Turtle Spring, and The Winter Gift. She makes her home in British Columbia, not too far from Vancouver, with her husband, two children, and a host of lazy animals.

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