The Pumpkin Fair

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Born in Washington, D.C., Eileen Christelow went to school there and in Connecticut, Tokyo, and Massachusetts. When she decided to write and illustrate picture books for young children, she and her daughter, Heather, "researched the problem together, taking weekly trips to the library and reading at bedtime and nap time." Eileen Christelow and her husband, potter Ahren Ahrenholz, now live in Dummerston, Vermont.

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1997 Bunting, Eve. THE PUMPKIN FAIR. Boston: Clarion Books, c1997. 4th printing. 32pp. color illustrations Eileen Christelow. Sm. 4to. New paperback.

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Born in Washington, D.C., Eileen Christelow went to school there and in Connecticut, Tokyo, and Massachusetts. When she decided to write and illustrate picture books for young children, she and her daughter, Heather, "researched the problem together, taking weekly trips to the library and reading at bedtime and nap time." Eileen Christelow and her husband, potter Ahren Ahrenholz, now live in Dummerston, Vermont.

Storytelling and the magic of words have always been important to Eve Bunting. She grew up in Northern Ireland, where storytelling is a tradition, and came to America as a young mother. Eve writes every day and her ideas come from what excites and interests her. She has the unique ability to address contemporary social issues, from homelessness to illiteracy, in a sensitive manner, and at the same time to explore the dynamics of family relationships. Eve Bunting is the author of more than 200 beloved books for young people, from preschoolers to teenagers.. Among her many popular picture books for Clarion are THE WALL, FLY AWAY HOME, and TRAIN TO SOMEWHERE. Ms. Bunting lives in Pasadena, California.

A rather ordinary pumpkin wins a prize for "the best-loved pumpkin at the fair, the best-loved pumpkin anywhere."

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"There's even gooey party stew/ (I'll try them all, except the stew./ It's icky-looking, gross, pew-yew!)"Bunting's (Smoky Night) rhymes typically project an authentic voice, and this time the voice belongs to a gangly girl who visits her village's annual Pumpkin Fair. Accompanied by her parents and a sibling dressed in a bunny suit, the girl admires the Pumpkin Princess, enters a pumpkin-seed spitting contest ("Pucker up and let 'em fly!/ Spit 'em far and spit 'em high!") and tastes pumpkin cooked every which way, including the aforementioned stew. Christelow (the Five Little Monkeys series) partners Bunting's text with flavorsome cartoons. Exuding a mild sense of humor and much affection, they capture both the excitement and goofiness of the small-town event. But Bunting has something more important in mind than just a fun outing. Everywhere her heroine goes, she cuddles a pumpkin that she has grown from a seed. It's small and bumpy, she admits, but, "I tell her that it's still OK./ She's very special in her way." Her steadfast affection is rewarded at the end, when she wins the prize for "best-loved pumpkin at the fair/ The best-loved pumpkin anywhere!" This lightly proffered moral, along with Bunting's effortlessly idiomatic verse, makes for a sweet seasonal tale. Ages 3-6. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2This story in rhyme celebrates a small town's "Pumpkin Fair," complete with a Pumpkin Princess and Peter Pumpkin Band. Everyone comes to carve pumpkins; bowl pumpkins; spit pumpkin seeds; juggle pumpkins; make pumpkin creatures; and eat pumpkin stew, cake, pie, ice cream, and cookies. The young narrator brings her very own pet pumpkin to the festivities and winds up with two ribbons for the "best-loved pumpkin at the fair. The best-loved pumpkin anywhere!" Christelow's jubilant illustrations in watercolor and pen and ink add to the general atmosphere of gaietyeverywhere readers look, families are interacting happily and having fun. According to a sign, it is October 28th, and many of the children in the pictures are wearing costumes, but Halloween is never mentioned, so the book could be used to celebrate the harvest season in general. Of course, it will also serve as a good non-scary Halloween story.Judith Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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The reason for this determinedly jolly book seems to be to provide educators with a fall title that invokes autumn harvest themes and even jack-o'-lanterns—yet it never mentions Halloween. It's a bland book from Bunting (I Am the Mummy Heb- Nefert, p. 550, etc.), without her usual bite and wit: "I'm going to the Pumpkin Fair./Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere!/`These ones here were grown from seed—/Yes sir, yes sir, yes indeed!' " The girl who narrates and her family attend a quaint, small-town festival, where there is pumpkin-bowling, pumpkin- basketball, pumpkin-carving, seed-spitting, decoration, food, and her prize for "best-loved pumpkin anywhere." It's a family day, with children and pets everywhere and a band dressed as pumpkins. Bunting has done just about everything she can to celebrate the pumpkin, but why? Christelow valiantly trudges along, mustering as many pumpkin-related scenes as she can and stuffing them with comic characters and events, but even she begins to flag near the end.
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"Christelow's jubilant illustrations in watercolor and pen and ink add to the general atmosphere of gaiety—everywhere readers look, families are interacting happily and having fun. . . . A good non-scary Halloween story." School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618130511
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/17/2001
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.75 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz. She lives in Southern California.

Eileen Christelow was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in a family of avid readers. It was in high school that she first made the leap from reader to writer, publishing her first stories in her high school’s magazine.

After studying art history and drawing in college, she discovered a love of photography and began building a career as a photographer. Her interest in children’s books was always strong, and after the birth of her daughter, she began thinking about writing one of her own. Her first book, Henry and the Red Stripes, was published in 1981.

Since then, she has written and illustrated numerous best-selling picture books including ten popular books about the Five Little Monkeys, Letters from a Desperate Dog, and Vote! She lives with her husband in Dummerston, Vermont, and you can learn more about her life and work on her website, www.christelow.com and on www.fivelittlemonkeys.com

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