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Pumpkins
     

Pumpkins

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by Jacqueline Farmer, Phyllis Limbacher Tildes (Illustrator)
 

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Did you know pumpkins have been around for 11,000 years? Or that the biggest pumpkin on record weighed over 1,300 pounds? Learn all about pumpkins—where they come from, how to grow them, and more—in this informative book that's guaranteed to squash the competition. Recipes, fun facts, and resources round out the text.

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Did you know pumpkins have been around for 11,000 years? Or that the biggest pumpkin on record weighed over 1,300 pounds? Learn all about pumpkins—where they come from, how to grow them, and more—in this informative book that's guaranteed to squash the competition. Recipes, fun facts, and resources round out the text.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Jacqueline Farmer pays tribute to fall's favorite fruit in Pumpkins. Like seeds in the familiar, fat Halloween staple, this book is stuffed with fun facts. Kids learn how to carve their own jack-o-lanterns and that this spooky symbol came out of an Irish folktale about a foolish man and his candle-lit turnip. They can follow a seed from planting to growing to deliciously filling a pie crust (recipe included). They can even call pumpkins by their names in other languages: the Italian zucca, Mexican calabaza or (my favorite) the Swedish poompa. Watercolors by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes capture the charm and many functions of this popular fruit. 2004, Charlesbridge, Ages 4 to 9.
—Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-In a conversational style, Farmer relates facts, history, legend, and growing tips about one of the favorite fruits of fall. In addition to the de rigueur instructions on pumpkin carving (and safety) and seed toasting, the author includes the word for the berry in other languages, a brief list of pumpkin world records, and recommended readings and Web sites. The serviceable watercolor-and-pencil illustrations feature a multicultural cast of bright-eyed, slightly stiff young children; the art is surrounded by plenty of white space. More detailed than Gail Gibbons's The Pumpkin Book (Holiday, 1999) and less poetic than George Levenson's Pumpkin Circle (Tricycle, 2004), this holiday patch of pumpkin facts will find a place in collections looking for material for Halloween and harvest time.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570915581
Publisher:
Charlesbridge
Publication date:
07/01/2004
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
897,970
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile:
AD800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Jaqueline Farmer is the author of APPLES, PUMPKINS, and VALENTINE BE MINE, among other books for young readers. She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Pumpkins 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"The Robin's Shadow" - by Leopardwolf I never wanted it to come to this. Just me and this other... thing. Okay, to be truthful, the thing is a she-cat. A very malicious she-cat, but a she-cat nonetheless. The shecat, Shadowhare, was the one who brought me into all of this. All of this madness. And what for? A stupid little shiny stone. A stone that's 'magic' according to Lilyclan's wisest heads, not that I'd necessarily call them that. "Sssoooo," ShadowhareTHE hissed, her yellow-green eyes glinting in the bright moonlight. "Where's the stone, my pretty?" I glared at her. I'm not used to doing that, so what I probably looked like I was a mental cow, but who knows... "I don't have your precious stone!" I spat into the frigid leaf bare atmosphere. I was surprised at my impudence. I mean, you never catch my whiskers saying stubborn lies. Except for today, of course. Well, I guess you could say that Shadowhare and I have a big rivalry, but that doesn't matter now. The only thing that matters is the safety of Lilyclan. MY clan. "Come now, Robinstar," Shadowhare growled, her voice sounding like the cracking of mouse bones. "Together we can rule all three of the clans! Birdclan, Lilyclan, Breezeclan; they'll all be yours!" "I don't care about power! I never cared about power! All I need is my clan." Whoa, was this really me doing the talking? I mean, seriously?! My paws were threatening to fall off in the icyness of the leaf bare night. I needed to do something soon. Time for Operation Run Away. I studied the terrain around me. Suddenly, the sun came up in my head. I glanced quickly at a few trees that were just about five fix-lengths from where I was standing on the leafy ground. "So," I mewed casually. Weird, whenever you say things casually, it usually means something bad. I'll have to use that for future reference. "Can you climb well?" I knew the answer would be yes, of course, as it is with all Lilyclan cats, even the ones who run away. This was all part of my plan. END OF CH. 1 Chapter two will be out soon. Possibly at dalmation res two. I'll keep you updated on the warriors books reviews. Try to be fair with criticizing. Go all out on praise! Rate and review below/above.
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