The Ugly Pumpkin: A Thanksgiving Story

The Ugly Pumpkin: A Thanksgiving Story

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by Dave Horowitz
     
 

No one wants to take home the Ugly Pumpkin. Sure, he doesn't look like any of the other pumpkins, but why does everyone have to tease him so much? The poor, lonely pumpkin goes in search of a place where he'll fit in - and finally discovers the truth about who he is and where he belongs.See more details below

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No one wants to take home the Ugly Pumpkin. Sure, he doesn't look like any of the other pumpkins, but why does everyone have to tease him so much? The poor, lonely pumpkin goes in search of a place where he'll fit in - and finally discovers the truth about who he is and where he belongs.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Pumpkin pickers pooh-pooh the orange, barbell-shaped "ugly pumpkin" in October. Fortunately, November brings the lonesome veggie some new friends and an epiphany ("O my gosh/ I'm a squash"). Horowitz's (Soon, Baboon, Soon) mixed-media illustrations of the gawky hero-who stands on Mr. Peanut legs, in elfin booties-are a trifle awkward, but expressive hand-lettered pages convey strong emotions. This seasonal entry ends with an unexpected "Happy Thanksgiving!" Ages 4-up. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A simple rhyming text tells the tale of a peculiar looking pumpkin that was overlooked for Halloween. Saddened by this, the ugly pumpkin "walked into November" and happened upon a garden of squash. There was something familiar about the shape, thought the ugly pumpkin who then determined he, too, was a squash. Happy and content, he sat down at the Thanksgiving table with many varieties of squash to enjoy the feast. An autumn palette is used to create the garden scenes, from the Halloween pumpkin patch to the Thanksgiving table. Children familiar with the story of the Ugly Duckling will recognize the parody here. Horowitz creates the mood with a wide range of expressions for the ugly pumpkin. With the cartoon style illustrations, a squash as the main character, and a jaunty text that describes its trials, this could be seen as just another light Thanksgiving story that would be a "fun" addition to the holiday collection. It is that for sure, but it could also be the starting point for a discussion about difficulties faced by families as they came to America, and a discussion of how and with whom we share our Thanksgiving feast. 2005, G P Putnam's Sons, Ages 5 to 8.
—Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-In this story that echoes Hans Christian Andersen's "The Ugly Duckling," a very odd-looking pumpkin encounters harsh rejections, mainly from creatures associated with Halloween. The book contains an inventive, amusing, and surprising compilation of words and illustrations. The minimal text is rhymed, sometimes settling comfortably into a quiet corner of the riotously colorful illustrations and occasionally entering into the vivid tableau. Some children might find the wild depictions of skeletons and the creepy sneers of gnarled trees alarming, but the bright colors, bouncy rhymes, and engaging pumpkin (that turns out to be something else altogether) combine to make this a charming book on the whole, with a happy and surprising ending.-Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A club-shaped pumpkin gets dissed by a customer, all the other pumpkins, even twisted apple trees, before the sight of a motley crop of hubbards, acorns and banana squash brings on a personal epiphany: "O my gosh / I'm a squash." Endowed with a face and stick limbs, the gnarled narrator sits down at a Thanksgiving table with its new soulmates, then is last seen strolling down the lane hand in hand with a lumpy new friend. Written in doggerel-"A skeleton came for pumpkins / one bright and crispy day. / I asked if I could get a ride . . . / He laughed and said: No Way"-and illustrated in brightly colored paint-and-paper collage, this weak riff on the "Ugly Duckling" may not earn high marks for botanical accuracy (all pumpkins are squash), but it does feature plenty of visual flash. (Picture book. 6-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399242670
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/18/2005
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.36(w) x 10.28(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

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