Pumpkins: A Story for a Field

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This is a story about a field and a man who loved it enough to do something to save it from development. “Based on the author’s personal efforts to protect the land, this story broadcasts a deliberate and timely environmental message that, like the intentionally nameless protagonist, anyone can make a difference. Aglow in harvest tones, Root’s strong watercolor and gouache paintings heighten the story’s magic.”—Booklist

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Overview

This is a story about a field and a man who loved it enough to do something to save it from development. “Based on the author’s personal efforts to protect the land, this story broadcasts a deliberate and timely environmental message that, like the intentionally nameless protagonist, anyone can make a difference. Aglow in harvest tones, Root’s strong watercolor and gouache paintings heighten the story’s magic.”—Booklist

A man harvests and sells a bountiful crop of pumpkins so that he will be able to preserve the field from developers.

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Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Any time of year is a good time for an ecological tale, especially when fun is prominent and didacticism is missing. Ray's Pumpkins has at its center a man with a large heart who loves a field and cries when he views development on the horizon. The man and the land together decide to grow pumpkins and the man devises a wild and wonderful scheme to promote pumpkins all over the world. They succeed and so does the book with the soft orange hues of Root's art and the messages that come from the man and the land rather than the author.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152013585
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.02 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

MARY LYN RAY has written many acclaimed books for children, including New York Times best-seller Stars , illustrated by Marla Frazee; Pumpkins , illustrated by Barry Root; and Red Rubber Boot Day and Mud , both illustrated by Lauren Stringer. She lives in South Danbury, New Hampshire.

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

    Pumpkins

    Pumpkins has a simple and clear story line easy to read and understand by the ages for which it was written. By allowing the man in the story to 'talk' to the field it teaches children to think of ways to solve problems. It shows a good 'work ethic' and the final results coming from it. The sense of exaggeration in the story makes it more fun and exciting and memorable and gives it a 'WOW' factor. By naming places around the world the children may not have heard of, it gives them a reason for looking at a globe for place and for seeing that a good small thought can grow to cover a lot of ground.The non-replacement of paintings and watch teaches reliance on a more simplistic lifestyle. Giving the second set of seeds away teaches sharing and a sense of community. Wonderful book and beautiful illustrations!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2008

    Socialist 101 for your children

    I got this book for my children who love to read. This is what they read. A guy lives across from a field that's for sale. He can't afford to buy the field. He wants to keep the field from being developed, so he decides it's OK to USE the field to make money 'he doesn't own it!' by growing pumpkins in it. This way, he can buy the field and keep it from being developed. I know it's a kids book, but come on... what are trying to teach the kids? How about the field owner? Does he/she get a say?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2002

    Refreshing, lovely tale offsets usual Halloween fare.

    If you are looking for a heart warming story with a great message for the fall, this is it! There are so many new monster books out this fall and they are all pretty much the same. "Pumpkins" lets the story relate its message about our need to protect the land and is never preachy or sappy. The beautiful illustrations fit the story perfectly. Its wonderful!!!

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