This charming story for children illustrates how a loving farmer can turn a simple pumpkin into a simply glorious sight. In the same way, God's transforming love can fill each of our hearts with joy and light. Liz Curtis Higgs created this parable as a way to share the Good News with her own precious children each harvest season. . .and now with children everywhere.
About the Author
Liz Curtis Higgs is an award-winning speaker as well as the author of twenty-eight books, including Bad Girls of the Bible and Thorn in My Heart. Her Parable Series for children has been awarded the ECPA Gold Medallion for Excellence.
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The Pumpkin Patch Parable
By Liz Curtis Higgs, Nancy Munger
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2014 Liz Curtis Higgs
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See that big red barn? And those rolling green fields? That's where the farmer lives, w-a-a-a-y out in the country. It's so far out the streets don't even have stop signs.
The farmer grew many different things in his fields. He grew tall green corn and big red tomatoes ... long yellow squash and little green peas. People eat that stuff for dinner.
The BEST vegetables the farmer grows are PUMPKINS! They start out as flat, oval seeds, almost as big as raisins.
One hot June day soon after school was out, the farmer planted his pumpkin seeds, just like he did every summer.
The seeds disappeared into the ground in neat rows and grew there in the dark, all through the Fourth of July.
Early one morning, a tiny green shoot quietly poked its way out of the soil. Soon, a long, green vine stretched across the ground. From that vine, little buds sprouted into wide green leaves.
The leaves spread out flat to catch the August sun.
Someday, those little green buds would turn into big orange pumpkins!
But not yet. The patient farmer waited. And waited.
The pumpkins began to grow. How different they looked!
Some were tall and lean.
Some were short and round.
Some had lumps and bumps.
ALL of them were pumpkins!
October came at last. Every night grew dark earlier than the night before, and the farmer knew it was harvest time. His workers brought in the ripe pumpkins. Which one would the farmer choose?
The farmer picked up one large pumpkin, taking great care. Pumpkins are tough on the outside but break into smithereens if dropped. He washed off all the dirt, holding on tight.
Next came the messy part. The pumpkin was filled with seeds and slimy pulp. The farmer had a special plan for his chosen pumpkin, so the seeds and slime would have to go.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Pumpkin Patch Parable would be described as a folktale because the plot is in past tense. The sentences also sound as if they are meant to be told in just an auditory storytelling version. The story follows one man and his journey through the harvesting of pumpkins and adds an alternative to autumn books. The setting descriptions were limited and didn't give much background to where the farmer was located. In the plot the author does describe what season and the timing the man followed which helped a little. Overall little detail was given about the setting opening the imagination for the readers.
a wonderful religious celebration of Fall, and very educational. Takes you through a farmer's process of growing pumpkins. Once ready to harvest, the farmer chooses a pumpkin and carves it into a jack-o-lantern. The focus is on how, like the pumpkin getting a new face with a shining light within, God's love and promises can make each of us new and a light of his love to the world.Each page contains pertinent Bible verses.Lovely book!
Grear book great author!
Very fun book. The story line is great, pictures are very cute and colorful, and it is loaded with scripture - there is a verse for each page. Very good read for children or to use as a teaching tool. Highly recommend.