Overview

Through the seasons, Cat and Mouse work together in the garden.
Together, they watch seeds that turn into plants in the spring,
and plants that turn into flowers in the summer,
and flowers that turn into pumpkins in the fall!
And when their pumpkins are finally ready, Mouse gives the best surprise of ...
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Overview

Through the seasons, Cat and Mouse work together in the garden.
Together, they watch seeds that turn into plants in the spring,
and plants that turn into flowers in the summer,
and flowers that turn into pumpkins in the fall!
And when their pumpkins are finally ready, Mouse gives the best surprise of all to his friend, Cat!
Anne Mortimer's charming story about friendship and discovery is perfect for any season.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this tender story, Mouse teaches charcoal-colored, emerald-eyed Cat how to grow a pumpkin: “Mouse found a watering can. ‘What now?’ asked Cat. ‘Time to water the seeds,’ said Mouse.” When they plant the seedlings and two crows appear, they make a scarecrow, and when the pumpkins are finally ripe Mouse cuts into one with a knife, telling Cat, “I am going to make you a surprise!” Mortimer’s naturalistic yet whimsical scenes exude old-fashioned Halloween charm. Ages 4–7. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—"One morning in May, Cat wondered, 'How do pumpkins grow?' 'I know,' said Mouse. 'And I will show you how.'" Mouse proceeds to guide Cat through the various steps and stages, one phase featured on each spread, until October arrives and they are rewarded with a large orange pumpkin. The steps to growing pumpkins have been featured in numerous picture books, including Zoe Hall's It's Pumpkin Time! (Scholastic, 1994) and Jeanne Titherington's Pumpkin, Pumpkin (Greenwillow, 1986); what sets this one apart are the beautifully composed watercolor illustrations. As she did in Bunny's Easter Egg (HarperCollins, 2010), Mortimer has masterfully captured the texture of her subjects—the softness of the animals' fur, the scratchiness of burlap bags, the silkiness of delicate flower petals, etc. At times the scenes are viewed in oval frames, giving the impression that one is peeking into these gentle creatures' private world. A page detailing instructions for growing pumpkins is included. A lovely addition that should be popular in any season.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
Children's Literature - Anne Pechnyo
Cat wants to grow pumpkins, but does not know how. Mouse helps Cat through the process of planting and watering the seeds in May, protecting the plants from pests like crows, and finally picking the pumpkins in October. When Cat asks a question, Mouse is always there to give the answer. By working together, Cat and Mouse are able to successfully grow and pick a pumpkin in time for Halloween. Mortimer's life-like and detailed illustrations show readers the parts of a growing pumpkin and the steps in carving a pumpkin without making the story a list of the process. Included on the last page are step-by-step instructions for the reader to grow their own pumpkins. Perfect for lessons and units about seeds, plants, and harvest, Pumpkin Cat will show young readers the steps taken to successfully grow a pumpkin plant. This title will also accompany Halloween in the classroom, with Mouse carving Cat a jack-o-lantern to celebrate Halloween at the end of the story. Reviewer: Anne Pechnyo
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—"One morning in May, Cat wondered, 'How do pumpkins grow?' 'I know,' said Mouse. 'And I will show you how.'" Mouse proceeds to guide Cat through the various steps and stages, one phase featured on each spread, until October arrives and they are rewarded with a large orange pumpkin. The steps to growing pumpkins have been featured in numerous picture books, including Zoe Hall's It's Pumpkin Time! (Scholastic, 1994) and Jeanne Titherington's Pumpkin, Pumpkin (Greenwillow, 1986); what sets this one apart are the beautifully composed watercolor illustrations. As she did in Bunny's Easter Egg (HarperCollins, 2010), Mortimer has masterfully captured the texture of her subjects—the softness of the animals' fur, the scratchiness of burlap bags, the silkiness of delicate flower petals, etc. At times the scenes are viewed in oval frames, giving the impression that one is peeking into these gentle creatures' private world. A page detailing instructions for growing pumpkins is included. A lovely addition that should be popular in any season.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
Kirkus Reviews

Cat wonders how pumpkins grow, and Mouse is happy to show him, in this seasonal offering for beginning readers.

A simple explanation of the seed-to-pumpkin process sets the animals to filling a pot with soil, planting seeds, watering the plant, waiting and watching it grow, making a scarecrow, picking the pumpkin and carving a jack-o'-lantern. A more thorough exploration can be found in Gail Gibbons' Pumpkin Book (1999), with which beginning readers may already be familiar, so this brief story may be better suited to preschoolers just testing their green thumbs. In her signature style, Mortimer focuses on the cute, cuddly qualities of Cat and Mouse. Oval-framed close-ups and full-bleed spreads capture the unlikely animal friends working together. The final page is the most informative, presenting fleshed-out instructions for growing pumpkins, but ultimately there is little to harvest here.

Sweet but bland, this title could still find an audience in autumn. (Early reader. 3-5)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062184399
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/9/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Anne Mortimer is the author and illustrator of Bunny's Easter Egg and Pumpkin Cat. She has illustrated many other children's books, including Santa's Snow Cat by Sue Stainton, A Pussycat's Christmas by Margaret Wise Brown, and The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear. She lives in southwest England.

Anne Mortimer is the author and illustrator of Bunny's Easter Egg and Pumpkin Cat. She has illustrated many other children's books, including Santa's Snow Cat by Sue Stainton, A Pussycat's Christmas by Margaret Wise Brown, and The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear. She lives in southwest England.

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  • Posted January 13, 2012

    Highly Recommended-Beautiful art work

    Mouse teaches cat all about growing pumpkins. Great book for Autumn or Halloween. Illustrations are colorful and realistic. Ann Mortimer is a great story teller as well as illustrator. Young and old reader will enjoy this tale.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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