The Snow Pumpkin

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The author-illustrator team of the celebrated picture book The Squiggle team up again to tell of a heartwarming and surprising snowy adventure.

No school tomorrow! With a few inches on the ground, Lily is off to the park bright and early to find her friend Jesse and build the season's first snowman. But everyone's already at the park and everyone's building snowmen. Lily and Jesse roll enough snow for the body, but there's not enough for a ...
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Overview

The author-illustrator team of the celebrated picture book The Squiggle team up again to tell of a heartwarming and surprising snowy adventure.

No school tomorrow! With a few inches on the ground, Lily is off to the park bright and early to find her friend Jesse and build the season's first snowman. But everyone's already at the park and everyone's building snowmen. Lily and Jesse roll enough snow for the body, but there's not enough for a head until Lily gets an idea. A head should be round, but it doesn't have to be white. It could even be . . . a pumpkin!

When it snows in October, two friends build a snowman using a pumpkin as its head.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
October snowfall inspires an unusual snowman in this low-key tale by the team behind The Squiggle. Delighted to find "a little pillow of snow" on her windowsill one fall morning, Lily bundles up and races to the park, where other children pack snowballs, build forts and make snow angels. There's barely enough snow to go around, so Lily and her friend Jesse improvise. They visit a community garden where three pumpkins show "in the snow as bright as three orange suns," and select one to top their snowman. Schaefer's nicely understated text entrusts much of the storytelling to the illustrations. Lily's grandmother is too busy to come and see the "snow pumpkin man" ("`Tomorrow,' she said"), but doesn't explain what she's doing with her needle, thread and colorful fabric; the closing pages picture homemade Halloween costumes. Morgan paints the episode on eggshell-brown stock that accents the downy puffs of snow and cozy, mismatched woolens worn by the excited children. This book quietly reminds its readers of the electrifying first snowflakes and the pleasurable warmth of an oversize sweater. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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An October snowfall is the inspiration behind this story, which, PW said, "quietly reminds its readers of the electrifying first snowflakes and the pleasurable warmth of an oversize sweater." Ages 5-8. (Sept.)
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This book reminds us of the excitement of the first snowfall, especially when the snow falls unexpectedly early. The imagination and determination of the children really shine as they construct a snowman with a minimal amount of snow. Their creativity comes forth when they complete the snowman with pumpkins from the garden. As all things must come to an end, their snowman melts in the sun the next day. The children quickly realize, however, that the spirit of the snowman doesn't have to die as they take the pumpkin into their home. The illustrations are brightly colored on beautiful brown paper. A charming autumn story. 2000, Crown Publishers, Inc., $14.95. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: D. Cannon SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
Children's Literature
An unexpected early snowfall is a magical time for children. Lilly and her friend Jesse bundle up and head for the park, but many other people are already there making snow angels and rolling snow. The children find only enough snow to make a body. Undaunted, they find a perfect pumpkin with a face to use for the head, and what a wonderful creation they make. Unfortunately, the snow melts, but the Snow Pumpkin head remains. The children lovingly carry it home to grace the windowsill for trick or treaters. Beautifully illustrated with vibrant colors on a brown paper background, the pictures are engaging. Colorful verbs and expressive language create a joyful and memorable story, one that begs to be read aloud. 2000, Crown Publishers/Random House, $14.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Laura Hummel
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-When it unexpectedly snows in October, Lily and her friend Jesse decide to build a snowman in the park, but there isn't enough snow for the head. Their search for more takes them to the community garden, where they find a pumpkin with a face that provides the perfect head for their autumn snowman. In the morning, the sun comes out and the snowman has melted. The children take the pumpkin head home, put it on the windowsill, and decorate it with paper snowflakes for Halloween. The colorful illustrations, outlined in black, appear on grainy brown pages that provide an appealing contrast. However, the story is not as imaginative as Schaefer's The Squiggle (Crown, 1996). Still, this is an attractive addition to holiday collections.-Wendy S. Carroll, Montclair Cooperative School, NJ Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517800157
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/12/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.36 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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