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Pumpkin Day!
     

Pumpkin Day!

by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
 

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In the fall, Pippa Rabbit and her family visit a farm and learn about how pumpkins grow and where they come from. As in Nancy Elizabeth Wallace’s other books, the information is expertly woven into the cut-paper artwork. Pumpkin recipes and crafts just right for ages 5-8 are included.

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In the fall, Pippa Rabbit and her family visit a farm and learn about how pumpkins grow and where they come from. As in Nancy Elizabeth Wallace’s other books, the information is expertly woven into the cut-paper artwork. Pumpkin recipes and crafts just right for ages 5-8 are included.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A rabbit family visits a farm and learns how the gourd grows, discovers its different varieties and uncovers a bit of jack-o'-lantern history ("In olden times, they hollowed out potatoes and turnips and beets for lanterns") in Pumpkin Day! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. Her signature collage spreads starring bunny characters feature factoids and pumpkin jokes throughout-plus recipes.
Children's Literature
This is a wonderful book for families about to embark upon their annual "pumpkin hunt" at the local pumpkin patch. Creatively organized, this book informs the reader of a pumpkin's growing cycle through the story of a rabbit family's visit to the farm. One not only learns about the stages of a pumpkin's development, but also about the many varieties of pumpkins, different pumpkin based recipes and pumpkin jokes. The jokes appear on garden posts in the midst of growing pumpkins and the recipes pop up just when the rabbit family sits down for a fall feast. All of the information is cleverly presented so that the reader almost misses the fact that the book is a great learning resource. The illustrations are paper collages crafted with scissors and glue; they delight as much as the story. Do not pass this one up, especially if a pumpkin is coming to your house soon. 2002, Marshall Cavendish,
— Andrea Sears Andrews
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-One fall day, a rabbit family visits Pumpkin Hollow Farm to select pumpkins for cooking, decorating, and carving. Facts and riddles appear on signs scattered throughout the stand. Mrs. Bell, who works there, keeps pictures in her pocket that demonstrate how the gourds grow, and she shows them to the curious bunnies. Later, back at home, the family carves jack-o'-lanterns before enjoying a supper of "pumpkin muffins, toasted pumpkin seeds sprinkled on salad, and for dessert, pumpkin pie!" Recipes appear on lined, illustrated cards. The characters, created from cut-paper collages and placed on colorful backgrounds, are eye-catching and endearing. Children will love poring over the details and absorbing the information that has been expertly woven into the artwork. A superb blending of fiction and nonfiction.-Melinda Piehler, North Tonawanda Public Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A cheerful excuse for a seasonal story with Wallace's (Count Down to Clean Up, 2001, etc.) paper-cut collages, a bit of science, a dab of folklore, and several rather bland recipes. Another of her bunny families sets off for Pumpkin Hollow Farm one day in late October to pick pumpkins to make into jack-o'-lanterns. At the farm the owner takes photos from her pocket to answer questions about how pumpkins grow from seed to flower to fruit. In the patch itself are signs that offer jokes as well as facts like "Pumpkins are healthy food. They provide vitamins a, B-1, B-2, and niacin-calcium and iron, too." The rabbit children examine and exclaim over a variety of pumpkins, select the ones they want, come home to scoop them out and carve them, and celebrate with a dinner of pumpkin muffins ("Buy pumpkin bread mix and follow the directions. Add 1/4 cup of canned pumpkin"), toasted pumpkin seeds, and pumpkin pie. A simple introduction to the fruit, for pre-schools and early childhood classes with an inviting yellow and gold cover. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761453277
Publisher:
Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
749,608
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
AD560L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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