Bestselling author Liz Curtis Higgs shares God's love and redemption with this beautiful fall story about a farmer who turns a simple pumpkin into a bright light that brings joy. Help your children understand how God makes us into new creations with this simple story that won the Gold Medallion Award for Best Christian Book of the Year.
The Pumpkin Patch Parable
- teaches kids how God's love changes our hearts with a sweet story they can understand
- turns family or Sunday School story time into a faith-growing discussion
- includes scriptures on each page that tie the story to the Good News of the Bible
- shows the stages of a pumpkin plant growing from a small seed into a huge fruit
- makes a cheerful addition to any alternative Halloween or Thanksgiving celebration
Liz Curtis Higgs created this parable storybook as a way to share the gospel with her own precious children each harvest season . . . and now with children everywhere.
Don't miss the other books in the Parable Series by Liz Curtis Higgs:
- The Parable of the Lily, an Easter story about grace and forgiveness
- The Sunflower Parable, a summer story about planting seeds in people’s hearts
- The Pine Tree Parable, a Christmas story about giving
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.
Read an Excerpt
The Pumpkin Patch Parable
By Liz Curtis Higgs, Nancy Munger
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2014 Liz Curtis Higgs
All rights reserved.
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.
Excerpted from The Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs, Nancy Munger. Copyright © 2014 Liz Curtis Higgs. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson.
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