The Very Best Pumpkin: with audio recording

The Very Best Pumpkin: with audio recording

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by Mark Kimball Moulton, Karen Hillard Good
     
 

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Growing up on Mimi and Papa’s farm, Peter knows a lot about caring for pumpkins. One summer Peter finds a lonely pumpkin all by itself in the field, and with his tender care, the pumpkin flourishes. By autumn, it’s the very best pumpkin of all, and Peter wants to keep it for himself. But when a young girl shows up at the farm in quest of a perfect pumpkin,… See more details below

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Growing up on Mimi and Papa’s farm, Peter knows a lot about caring for pumpkins. One summer Peter finds a lonely pumpkin all by itself in the field, and with his tender care, the pumpkin flourishes. By autumn, it’s the very best pumpkin of all, and Peter wants to keep it for himself. But when a young girl shows up at the farm in quest of a perfect pumpkin, will Peter pass on his prized pumpkin and gain a friend? From the bestselling creators of Reindeer Christmas and A Snowman Named Just Bob, this enchanting story is filled with the magic of autumn and friendship.

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Publishers Weekly
In warm watercolor spreads, stained with coffee and bleach to folksy, weathered effect, a boy grows pumpkins on a farm with his family. When he finds a pumpkin alone in a field, he tends to it, too, and his shy neighbor, Meg, secretly observes. When it's time to find homes for the pumpkins, Peter gives Meg the field pumpkin and "just like the pumpkins, their friendship grew and grew and grew." A sweet, drama-free tale of friendship for those seeking softer Halloween fare. Ages 4�8. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Peter lives on a farm with his grandparents. In the spring they harvest berries and in the summer they harvest corn. But Peter's favorite harvest comes in the fall when they harvest pumpkins. This charming tale explains how Peter discovered an extra special pumpkin growing outside the pumpkin patch and how he spent all summer tending it. Little did Peter realize that the new neighbor's daughter, Meg, was watching as he tended his pumpkin. That fall when Meg came with her parents to Peter's pumpkin patch and he watched her step over each pumpkin looking for the right one, Peter knew his special pumpkin was meant for her. Of course, Meg and Peter become fast friends and even worked together throughout the next summer, planting seeds from the special pumpkin and tending to all the pumpkins in the pumpkin patch. While this is a rather simple story of patience and growing friendship, the illustrations are truly delightful and guide the reader through each season on the farm and the charming development of Meg and Peter's friendship. Reviewer: Danielle Williams
School Library Journal
Gr 1—Moulton and Good team up for a tender autumn story, written in well-turned prose. Peter has been taking special care of a lonely little pumpkin on his grandparents' farm. When bookish Meg, a fan of The Secret Garden, moves in next door, he befriends her and they share "the very best pumpkin." The gentle story is complemented by glowing, folksy illustrations rendered in watercolors and artfully enhanced with instant coffee and bleach. The simply drawn, wide-eyed characters; country setting; and warm palette echo Joan Walsh Anglund's and Mary Englebreit's cozy worlds. A final page, "Peter's Guide to Growing Your Own Very Best Pumpkin," is a welcome extension for at-home gardeners.—Amy Rowland, Shelter Rock Elementary School, Manhasset, NY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416985891
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date:
08/09/2011
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
25 MB
Note:
This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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