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Pumpkin Jack

Pumpkin Jack

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by Will Hubbell
     
 

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The first pumpkin Tim ever carved was fierce and funny, and he named it Jack. When Halloween was over and the pumpkin was beginning to rot, Tim set it out in the garden and throughout the weeks he watched it change.

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The first pumpkin Tim ever carved was fierce and funny, and he named it Jack. When Halloween was over and the pumpkin was beginning to rot, Tim set it out in the garden and throughout the weeks he watched it change.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When a boy's carved pumpkin starts to rot, he places it in the garden and tends to it so that the next autumn yields pumpkins for everyone; PW called this a "wholesome post-holiday story [that] offers hope to kids who can't bear to throw away their jack-o'-lanterns." Ages 5-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-A simple, appealing selection for storytimes. When Tim carves his first pumpkin, he names it Jack. When it finally begins to decay, he puts it in the garden rather than in the trash bin. As the months go by, Jack grows moldy, sinks into the leaves, hides in the snow, and finally sprouts a new plant. By the next fall, there are plenty of pumpkins for Tim to share at school. He keeps just one for himself and when he finishes carving it, he says "Welcome back, Jack!" The plant's cycle throughout the seasons is told in a satisfying, straightforward fashion. Hubbell uses colored pencils with solvent wash effects to create vibrant double-page spreads that bring the story to life. These pictures complement the text, which flows nicely with its own descriptive details. Readers can hear the crinkle of old leaves, smell the earthy odors of the garden, and breathe in the crisp air of the first frosty day of autumn. Any child who has had to throw away a beloved jack-o'-lantern will appreciate this fine offering.-Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
From the Publisher

"One of the best fictional picture books to follow the cycle of a plant, this would be a good choice for reading aloud."

Booklist

"Any child who has had to throw away a beloved jack-o'-lantern will appreciate this fine offering."

School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781621279143
Publisher:
Av2 by Weigl
Publication date:
09/28/2013
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Pumpkin Jack 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book for preschoolers or kindergarten.
Mommy2Ashlinn More than 1 year ago
My 2-year-old daughter and I love to go to B&N and sample lots of books to figure out which ones to keep on hand for holidays, birthdays, etc. Yesterday we grabbed a stack of Halloween books and this was the only one that even she requested to be re-read several times. There was a point where I wanted to cry at the story's content, as the author brilliantly personifies this pumpkin by describing how ol' Jack grew old and wrinkly with time. What a sweet, sweet story! It discusses real-life concepts in a timeless fashion that is appropriate for all ages. Even my husband said we should go back and pick this story up after payday. You won't regret this choice. I see us reading it all year round for several years to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I borought the book from the library to read to the little boy I babysit. We both loved it, it's not the typical 'boo' halloween story at all(he's just 2 and 1/2 and most of the other stories are really scary for him): you can apreciate this holiday in so many other ways. Yesterday he asked me if we could throw the pumpkin already. I'm definetly getting a copy for myself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My four year old daughter and I love to read this story together (my ten year old daugther loves it as well). Last autumn, we went to pumpkin hunt and were able to integrate this story into our adventure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book offers a thoughtful way to approach the cycle of birth, death and renewal. The drawings are great and story was enjoyable.