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Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night
     

Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night

by Anne Rockwell, Megan Halsey (Illustrator)
 

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And so begins this timeless story of a treasured childhood tradition. Jack-o-lantern faces are drawn on paper in anticipation. Baskets of apples fill the air with the crisp, sweet smell of fall at the farmers' market. There a child finds a pumpkin that's not too big and not too small. Soon it's carved (with mother's help, of course), and set outside to glow in the

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And so begins this timeless story of a treasured childhood tradition. Jack-o-lantern faces are drawn on paper in anticipation. Baskets of apples fill the air with the crisp, sweet smell of fall at the farmers' market. There a child finds a pumpkin that's not too big and not too small. Soon it's carved (with mother's help, of course), and set outside to glow in the starry night.

Written by Anne Rockwell, one of the most beloved names in books for preschoolers, and illustrated by Megan Halsey, whose delightfully uncluttered paper sculptures speak clearly to young children, Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night is a friendly toast to a child's sense of accomplishment and the joy of a special day shared between parent and child.

Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night is the second collaboration by Anne Rockwell and Megan Halsey, the creative team behind One Bean, an American Bookseller "Pick of the List."

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carol Raker Collins
Here we have the traditional Halloween pumpkin-carving ritual described from the point of view of an excited child. Pumpkin time begins with leaves turning colors, squirrels collecting seeds and nuts, and children cutting out paper pumpkins at school and at home. When pumpkin day arrives, the boy and his mother shop at the farmer's market where the child picks out his own perfectly round pumpkin for carving and the mother chooses ten little pumpkins for pies. The rest of the day and night, mother and son have a warm, memorable experience creating a wonderful jack-o-lantern. They both agree that it is the best pumpkin ever with its fiery orange glow--brighter than any star in the sky. The illustrations appear to be paper cutouts much like the cutout pumpkin faces. The drawings are sometimes layered on and look as if you could lift them up or move their parts. The orange pumpkins, the deep blue night, and the pale-faced child are simple and attractive.
Kirkus Reviews
Rockwell's story of a young boy searching for the perfect pumpkin is more of a meditation than a story to evoke the spirit of a season. A boy is in pursuit of the perfect pumpkin: "big and round and orange as a setting sun." At the farmer's market he searches until he discovers just the right one, which had rolled off to one side: "I think it was waiting there just for me." He takes it home and then, with his mother handling the knife, they craft a fine jack-o'-lantern that glows mysteriously in the night. Halsey's pretty paper sculptures give the story visual snap, with their intriguing shadow play and sharp relief. Rockwell's occasional stabs at seasonal atmospherics—the smell of pumpkins baking (the mother has bought ten little ones for a pie), apples ripening, the turning leaves—only falteringly conjure an autumnal mood. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802776143
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
09/01/2001
Edition description:
1 PBK ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
3.26(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

ANNE ROCKWELL is a beloved name in books for preschoolers. She is the author of Big Wheels, The Toolbox, Backyard Bear, and Little Shark and over 100 books for young readers.

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