Big Pumpkin

Big Pumpkin


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689801297
Publisher: Aladdin
Publication date: 09/01/1995
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 34,544
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: AD350L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Erica Silverman is the author of several books including Big Pumpkin; When the Chickens Went on Strike, which was a Sydney Taylor Honor book; and Sholom's Treasure, which won the Sydney Taylor Award and was a runner-up for the National Jewish Book Award. Her books have received the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award, the California Young Reader Medal, ABA Pick of the List, and the first book in her early-reader series Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa won the Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Visit her at

S. D. Schindler is the popular and versatile illustrator of many books for children, including Big Pumpkin and the ALA Notable Book Don't Fidget a Feather, both by Erica Silverman, How Santa Got His Job by Stephen Krensky, and Johnny Appleseed by Rosemary and Stephen Vincent Benét. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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The Big Pumpkin 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
emtimmins on LibraryThing 26 days ago
A great story about teamwork. Repetitive so it is a fun read aloud.
Merdeen on LibraryThing 26 days ago
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book. I have used it for YEARS with all different grade levels Pre-K - 2nd grade. Over the years it has progressed to a big dress up and act it out with the book and cassette. The song gets stuck in my head and yes I know all the words. Great for sequencing order.
lisabankey on LibraryThing 26 days ago
This story has a witch with a problem. She has grown a huge pumpkin to make a pie and cannot get it off of the vine. A ghost, vampire, mummy all come along and they cannot get it off of the vine. Finally a small bat shows up and suggests they work together to pull the pumpkin. The pictures do a great job complimenting this story and have a slight spooky feel that is great for a Halloween time reading. This story really lends itself to making it into a play for children to act out.
paroof on LibraryThing 26 days ago
Kind of a cute Halloween book with some repetitive text so my three-year-old can repeat phrases along with me. The pictures are "spooky" enough for my three-year-old but not too scary. The witch plants a pumkin and when she goes to pull it off the vine, it's too big. Successful Halloween characters come along and each unsuccessfully try to pull the pumpkin. Finally the smart bat suggests that they all cooperate and pull together! Of course this works and the witch makes pumpkin pie out of the pumpkin which they all share. The book ends with the witch planting another pumpkin seed.
bcbias on LibraryThing 26 days ago
This is a fun book to read around Halloween. The pictures are cute and somewhat scary but not too bad. In the story, the witch plants a pumpkin seed and it grows and it's too big for her to get it off the vine by herself. A mummy, vampire ghost, and bat come by and try to help her pull the pumpkin off the vine. The bat had the best idea by saying they should all work together and pull the pumpkin off the vine together. it works and they take the pumpkin to the witch's house where she makes pumpkin pie for everyone.
eviltammy on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Great Halloween adaptation of the classic repetitive story "The Turnip".
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My 3 daughters had me read this book to them all the time. It was loved to death. Now they are adults and have bought the book to share with others. It is one of their favorite childhood memories.
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AndreaEM More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my daughter two years ago and she reads it year around! It's a fun book and great for your Halloween collection.
J_Luck More than 1 year ago
I bought this book five years ago when my eldest daughter was in kindergarten. Now my kids and I take it out every October and read it several times for Halloween (we also read it during other times of the year but it has become a Halloween tradition for us). My older children are now out of the age range that this book is meant for, but they still appreciate how cute this book is, and they will listen as I read it to my youngest child. The text is fun and the illustrations are wonderful. This has become one of my all-time favorite books for kids. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard this story when I taught preschoolers. It has a tape that accompanies the story that is WONDERFUL. It's a MUST with the book because it's like watching a movie/cartoon but you're actually READING with your little one. I really recommend you purchase this story WITH the tape if you can find it. It is really well made - acted out on tape with music. Because of this story/tape combo, all other books I purchased with tapes/CDs are sadly lacking.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Im a Early Preschool teacher and all of my two year olds LOVE this book. We all have the book memorized and even our youngest kids sit still to listen to the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good book on SO many levels. It is a fun read, and fun as a mom to read aloud. It has great repetition and word usage, the illustrations are engaging, the story is great. It also presents what could otherwise be considered 'scary' characters in a non threatening way. No fears of ghosts, witches, vampires or mummys in THIS house.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love It! My son loves to say 'Drat'.. engages him at an early age. Wish we had the audio tape!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Erica Silverman. Big Pumpkin Illus. by S.D. Schindler Scholastic. 1992. I.S.B.N 0-590-47760-9 Big Pumpkin is fun, spirited, and educational. Readers watch as new friendships are formed and more colorful characters are introduced. This monster-filled book revolves around the fact that nothing is stronger than working together. Many lessons are learned despite the Halloween theme. Readers learn how to work together and share. The characters learn to respect each other and to see past appearances. Patience and hard work give rewards. The repetition teaches readers to recall words, which will help them to learn how to read. The recommended age for readers is ages 5 and up. From experience, I have found that kindergarteners enjoy Big Pumpkin, especially before Halloween. The illustrations are wonderful, for they show the character¿s emotions. The pictures are so clear, and the colors are bold, yet softened. The effect is so wonderful that it is indescribable. The pictures really pull young readers in. Big Pumpkin evolves around Halloween friendships, but the book also teaches many inspiring lessons. Most importantly, it is fun and brings parents and children together to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We read this book 'all year long'! Needless to say we have it memorized! So when my three year old gets bored sitting in the grocery cart, we tell the story to each other from memory and have a great laugh and the shopping time passes by quickly! This book is a 'must have' for all little people! Thank you Erica Silverman for writing such a terrific children's book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing book!! When I was in the first grade, I'd listen to the audio tape version of the book and follow along with it. And now eight years later I can still repeat the book word for word! It's musical tape is extraordinary and now I still love reading it. The characters and setting of the book seem to come alive and I highly recommend all first grade teachers to purchase it for there students. They'll love it, as I certainly did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my daughter's kindergarten class and they loved it. Since then I have read it to my kids at home and they like to hear it again and again. Because the words are sort of repetitive, my five year old can 'read' the book to me and I love that! She remembers the words and is using them to develop her beginning stages of reading. I also should mention that the illustrations in this book are fabulous. I especially love the Vampire, and each time I see him pulling on the pumpkin, it makes me smile. The book also has a message about working together and also realizing that just becuase someone does not appear big or strong, they can still be greatly helpful in certain tough situations. I love this book and so do my children...I am so glad I stumbled upon it one day in Barnes & Noble.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wish there were more than five stars to rate this story. This book has a wonderful story line to it and as a parent or teacher you can focus on the need for people to work together and to share. In the end, because they all worked together, the group shares a delicious piece of pumpkin pie. A great book for children and for adults!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read and sing this book to my first grade students every October. They love this book and ask me to read it over and over again. If you are familiar with the book, The Great, Big, Enormous Turnip, you will note similarities in this story. Really a great, fun read for young children. BUY IT! If you can get a copy of the CD or tape that comes with it, you will enjoy it even more.