Too Many Pumpkins

Too Many Pumpkins


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823413201
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication date: 01/01/1996
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 65,142
Product dimensions: 9.02(w) x 9.78(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Linda White is the author of Too Many Pumpkins and Too Many Turkeys. Ms. White lives in Colorado.

Megan Lloyd has illustrated many fine books for children, including "Too Many Pumpkins" by Linda White and "The Gingerbread Man" by Eric A. Kimmel. She lives on a farm in central Pennsylvania with her husband.

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Too Many Pumpkins 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter, and myself, really enjoyed this story so much. My daughter learned so much from it too, like how seeds grow into pumpkins and that was very entertaining for her. The book kind lets you go into and and makes you feel like you are experiencing it yourself. Very well done! :o) Jennifer
Treeseed on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Rebecca Estelle HATES pumpkins...with a passion! Rebecca Estelle is a wiry, independent gray-haired old woman who lives out in the country with her calico cat, Esmeralda. She hates pumpkins because when she was a youngster her family was poor and ALL they had to eat was pumpkin. Pumpkins, pumpkins...every day for every meal. She doesn't even like to think about them. One autumn day while she is outside raking leaves a truck loaded with pumpkins loses a pumpkin that smashes in Rebecca Estelle's yard and sends seeds flying every which way. She finds this very annoying. "Well, I won't touch it," Rebecca Estelle insisted, getting her shovel from the barn. "And I won't look at it," she added as she shoveled dirt on top of the pumpkin pieces. "I won't think about that pumpkin ever again," she declared. And she didn't, until... In the spring when plants pop up she tries to get rid of them by snipping and cutting away at the vines. She refuses to tend to them and just ignores them all summer long. She won't even go over near the space where the pumpkin smashed. When autumn rolls around again and she goes out to the front of the house to rake the leaves, much to her surprise, there is a huge pumpkin patch just filled with beautiful big orange pumpkins. Her snipping and cutting only served to prune the pumpkin plants and they came back twice as hardy. At first she is horrified. There is a SEA of pumpkins! She uses her clever ingenuity and her practical good sense to figure out a wonderful way to not only use up the pumpkins, but to attract many people to help her share the pumpkins. She ends up with a delightful party atmosphere, sharing a happy Halloween and celebrating the harvest. She patches up her differences with pumpkins once and for all. Megan Lloyd's illustrations are utterly charming, brightly colored and filled with warm and homey country scenes. The feeling of nostalgia for crisp autumn days and the wonderful aromas of harvest baking almost leap up out of the pages. There are illustrations on every page, rich in the oranges, yellows, browns and clear blues of autumn. Beautiful details of antique farmhouse interiors and views of the outbuildings, chicken coop and garden are wonderful. Rebecca Estelle's quaint brick farmhouse with its tin roof look so warm and welcoming. Esmeralda and Rebecca Estelle are busy doing all their country chores. It's the next best thing to actually taking a trip out in the country! The text by Linda White is unpretentious and it's as though young listeners are right there along side of Rebecca Estelle as she meets the dreaded pumpkins head on and turns a "bad" situation into a positive one. There is about a paragraph of text per double page spread with a full page illustration facing each page that carries text as well as illustration on the same page as the text. Some bright, inviting double page spreads with no text add greatly to the festive atmosphere of the book. This book is intended for 4-8 year old listeners and I have found that kids of this age group all seem to enjoy Rebecca Estelle's story. I have shared it many, many times since it was published in 1996 and it is one of my favorite autumn/Halloween books. I like it and so have the children that have shared it with me. I think one reason is that because it doesn't baby kids with an abundance of page-turning action or a magical make-believe plot but rather gently pulls them close and draws them into its realistic setting, it captures their attention with its homey, comfortable atmosphere. They get swept up in the hustle and bustle of the season. Who can resist the wonders of autumn in the country? Rebecca Estelle is such a natural, down-home character that it's a lot of fun to trail around with her as she comes to grips with her "problem." Just wait 'til you see the inside of her kitchen! She scooped the slimy seeds out of the pumpkins and cut away the shells. After she boiled the pumpkin meat, she mixed it with eggs, milk, sugar, flour,
kbishop on LibraryThing 9 months ago
My favoite thing about this book is that when I finished reading it to my five year old grandchild her immediate reaction was, "Let's write a sequel to this book." Reading that inspires writing---it doesn't get much better.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My daughter just loves this book and the artwork is done so well it makes it even so much more entertaining! Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a hit with all three of my children; ages 9,4 and 2. The illustrations are soft and detailed making any "busy" listener able to sit still. Even if you don't "do" Halloween, it is a great book to read to your kids because the focus is on people and giving, not on the holiday. It really only mentions Halloween briefly. A great fall treat of a book.