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Five Little Pumpkins (Harper Growing Tree)

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Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.The first one said, "Oh my, it's getting late."Get ready for some wicked fun as these five pumpkins run and roll! Toddlers will want to chant along with this popular rhyme again and again. Dan Yaccarino's vibrant and bold illustrations bring these pumpkins to life with personality and style. Toddlers are sure to laugh out loud as thes

Board book, 16 pages
Published 1998 by HarperFestival
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Jason Koivu
Jul 29, 2015 Jason Koivu rated it did not like it
* * *Read and Reviewed by Me & My Niece Emma * * *

Horrendous. I understand and accept the dumbing down of this sing-along standard (back in my day it was always 10 of this or that, but the rhyme was also much more repetitive than today's version), but this isn't good in any way, shape or form. The rhyme just sucks and the ending is lame.

I only picked this up for Emma, because last school year I recalled helping her memorize just such a "5 Little..." (I think it was ducks) which she had to re
Sammie Mays
Oct 09, 2015 Sammie Mays rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-read, spooktober
Great, cute little board book to read to the little ones around Halloween.
Title: italicizeFive Little Pumpkins
Author: Dan Yaccarino
Genre: Counting
Theme(s): Halloween, numbers, counting
Opening line/sentence: Five little pumpkins sitting on a fence.
Brief Book Summary: This book uses the theme of Halloween and the traditional story like five little monkeys jumping on a bed as a model to help students with counting.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1:The traditional fingerplay, "Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate" is given new life in this board book. The pumpk
Feb 16, 2016 Ally rated it really liked it
Title: Five Little Pumpkins
Author: Dan Yaccarino
Illustrator: Dan Yaccarino
Genre: Picture Book/Counting Book
Themes: Halloween, Facial Expressions, Bravery
Opening line/sentence: “Five Little Pumpkins Sitting On A Gate”
Brief Book Summary: The book is about 5 pumpkins on Halloween and they describe what is happening outside, like there are witches in the air and there’s a ghost and that it is very late. They say that they want to run and have fun and then they roll away.
Professional Recommendation/R
Hannah Harris
Title: Five Little Pumpkins
Author: HarperBook Festival
Illustration: Dan Yaccarino
Genre: Predictable
Theme(s): Rhyming, predictable, halloween
Opening line/sentence:
"Five little pumpkins
sitting on a gate"
Brief Book Summary:
Dan Yaccarino tells the sing-along story of five excited and jubilant pumpkins sitting on a gate in anticipation for the Halloween celebrations. However, because of their antsy and chaotic behavior, trouble ensues for the pumpkins as the night gets closer and closer!
Nov 11, 2014 Heather rated it really liked it
Great little counting book perfect for Halloween. My son had tons of fun with this and had it memorized in no time.
Kara Conlon
Feb 24, 2014 Kara Conlon rated it it was amazing
Sometimes I wonder about people and the reviews being posted. Of course, Five Little Pumpkins was not a challenging book to read. It was not full of plot twists nor did it leave me wondering if there would be a equal.

Five Little Pumpkins had my daughter jumping up and down, quoting the book as she read it with me. Her excitement and pure enjoyment from the book is just fantastic.
Sep 14, 2015 Lauren rated it really liked it
Cute little book to read for those who like Halloween.
Kathleen Tucker
As one of my favorite Halloween stories, this text not only introduces numbers and the concept of subtraction, but also coincides with the Five Little Pumpkins rhyme. I would utilize a flannel board with five pumpkins on a fence and remove one each time a pumpkin is removed in the story. Children would then be able to visually follow along with the story and use number recognition to count the remaining pumpkins. I would also show the math equation with the numerical value if I were working with ...more
Aug 04, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
The October before last, I had to spend a few days in North Carolina without my then-almost-three year old son. I wanted to bring him back something special, and, when I was out running errands, I saw this book. I love Dan Yaccarino's joyfully brilliant illustrations, and my son loved (and still loves) pumpkins, so I figured this book would be a winner. I was right.

We, of course, read it every night up until Hallowe'en. Then Thanksgiving. Then Christmas. It did get a bit of a rest during the sp
Karina Arroyo
Oct 29, 2012 Karina Arroyo rated it it was ok
The Five Little Pumpkins is a book meant for little kids, i would say first graders. It is not a hard reading at all and it is meant just to spread the Halloween spirit. I personally liked it for little kids but for older people i think that they would think that it is just too simple. The illustrations were traditional pumpkins. There was nothing really out of the ordinary or anything that stood out and grabbed my attention. I think this book is a book that can be utilized to keep first graders ...more
Oct 08, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this Halloween board book! It's fun, it rhymes, and it has awesome illustrations. It's also short enough to hold Caleb's attention. This will definitely be a re-read for us every Halloween season because it's so festive. I look forward to reading it at least a few more times this fall. Thanks to my new blogging friend, Sarah, for this awesome gift she sent Caleb in a book swap.
Sara DeVinck
Dec 20, 2015 Sara DeVinck rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
This book is all about five pumpkins and what they are going through. This a book that is written in rhyming format. This is a great book for kindergarten grade level because it is simple in word choice and not very high reading level. Would be great to use around Halloween time.
Marjorie Estavillo
Oct 29, 2012 Marjorie Estavillo rated it really liked it
Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino, was one of my favorite Halloween books growing up. I remember my teacher read it to me when I was in Kindergarten, at our Halloween party. I was amazed by the rhyming in the book, and was repeating the story all day. My teacher would have us count to five as we would read the book, and by the end of the class we were all reading the story together. This book has great Halloween activities that can go along with reading it. Each student can make their own pu ...more
Apr 17, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it, sweet-pea
This is a great Halloween book for babies and toddlers. It is not at all scary, but it has pumpkins, witches and ghosts. A classic rhyming text with fun pictures. My 2 year old really enjoys pointing out the different facial expressions on the pumpkins.
Sep 23, 2014 Brittany rated it liked it
I have heard so much about this book, but had never read it until my son and I found it at the library book sale. He is in first grade and this was just too babyish for him. It would be better for preschool or Kindergarten children.
Mariana Brennan
May 01, 2015 Mariana Brennan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hardcover
I accidentally read this book because my mom is a teacher and she brought this book home and I was like, "this so cute" and then I read it. I like it very much, I like how you can sing it and it is like a little quick book that I enjoyed. It also reminds me of Doctor Seus, so that one more thing.
Feb 20, 2013 David rated it really liked it
Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino is a board book format retelling of the popular rhyme, song and fingerplay.

Yaccarino's colorful illustrations are bright and highlight the jack-o-lanterns and a ghost. I love the juggling picture. My favorite images are cover, gate, witches, don't care, light's out, and rolling.

I used this rhyme regularly for stoeytimes in the fall. This version is nicely accessible for babies, toddlers and preshcoolers. a bit of personality is shown by the pumpkins and th
Cute and simple, with a nice sing-songy rhythm to the words. My coworker helpfully told me (and demonstrated) that it was to the tune of Five Little Ducks (or was it six..), but it still was fun to read.
Feb 22, 2014 K. rated it it was amazing
Preschoolers love this story because the book has great, simple illustrations. The kids can tell the story just by looking at the pictures and it is a classic for Halloween.
Laura Elizabeth
Oct 13, 2014 Laura Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-4-stars
Adorable read, and cute with sing-a-longs for small children! My nephew and niece both learned this in their kindergarten class.
Sep 30, 2011 Meredith rated it really liked it
This cute board book illustrates the classic Halloween fingerplay "Five Little Pumpkins," featuring Dan Yaccarino's signature bright colors and bold lines.

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one said, "My, it's getting late."
The second one said, "There are witches in the air."
The third one said, "But we don't care!"
The fourth one said, "Let's run and run and run."
The fifth one said, "I'm ready for some fun!"
Then oooohh went the wind.
And out went the lights.
And the five little pumpki
Dec 03, 2012 Kristen rated it liked it
Shelves: elementary, holiday
This book was used as a poem in my kindergarten practicum classroom. The teacher taught the students the words and then taught them motions to go with the words. We used it as a fun activity to pass the time when there was just a little extra time before recess or the end of the day. It was really cute to watch them try to remember the words to the book. I know whenever I read this book I will read it in the poem form as it was taught to me. This is a cute book to use for a young elementary clas ...more
Kimberly Herrin
Oct 04, 2015 Kimberly Herrin rated it it was amazing
My kids love it and it is simple and short. My daughter tends to read it in a singing voice. If it can keep my son's attection then it is a good book for kids.
Oct 16, 2014 Janet rated it liked it
My kids love this rhyme from their Raffi CD. Even more fun now that they see it illustrated.
Cute kid story but not near as good as Room on the Broom.
Sep 10, 2015 Nancy rated it it was amazing
This will always be a favorite!,
Oct 25, 2014 Carolyn rated it really liked it
Did this poem with Kindies.
May 01, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
Title: Five Little Pumpkins
Illustrator: Dan Yaccarino

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Year of Publication: 1998

Grade level: K-1
Genre: Picture Book
Topics: Pumpkins; Halloween

Summary: This is a classic Halloween poem: five little pumpkins with jack-o-lanterns, ghosts, and witches.

Interactions Between Text and Illustrations: There are colorful images to support the text.

Curricular Uses: Read aloud or guided reading
Literary Elements: Personification
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Exhibitions of his work have been held throughout the world. He is also the creator of the animated TV Series Willa's Wild Life and Oswald.

Mr. Yaccarino lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
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