Pumpkins: A Story for a Field

Pumpkins: A Story for a Field

by Mary Lyn Ray, Barry Root
     
 

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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,

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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

Editorial Reviews

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.
Ellen Mandel
Just in time for fall storytelling is this fact-inspired fantasy revolving around that plump symbol of autumn--the pumpkin. When a "For Sale" sign appears in the vacant field across from his home, a man sells most of his possessions to buy the field and save it from developers. Still short of money, he talks to the field, and together they agree to grow pumpkins--hundreds of thousands of pumpkins--which the man decides to sell for one dollar apiece. Packing his goods onto hundreds of trucks, boats, planes, and even flying carpets, the (fortuitously multilingual) entrepreneur attaches a note to each pumpkin promoting its diverse uses for jack-o'-lanterns, pies, muffins, etc., and then ships them to the far corners of the world. His enterprise is successful; he buys the field and relishes its natural beauty forevermore. 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, which begs to be extended further by locating the exotic foreign lands where the pumpkins are sent; by carving, baking, and sampling pumpkin creations; or even by growing a pumpkin from seed. For pumpkin projects, see Gillis' "In a Pumpkin Shell", reviewed in this issue.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152522520
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/01/1992
Series:
Gulliver Green Book Series
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.29(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

MARY LYN RAY has written many acclaimed books for children, including A Violin for Elva, illustrated by Tricia Tusa; 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. Visit www.marylynray.com.

BARRY ROOT is the illustrator of more than thirty books for children, including Tiki and Ronde Barber’s Teammates, Game Day, and By My Brother’s Side. He lives in Drumore, Pennsylvania.

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