Pumpkins -- APPLE
by Ken Robbins
From late summer to Thanksgiving, pumpkins are everywhere, a symbol of fall and a reminder of the holidays to come. In this handsome book, Ken Robbins—widely known for his sumptuous photo-essays on subjects ranging from trucks to tools to autumn leaves—portrays the pumpkin from seed, to sprout, to flower, to fully fledged fruit, and back again. Instructions are given to (s...more
ebook, 32 pages
Published August 21st 2007 by Roaring Brook Press
(first published 2006)
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Nov 30, 2010 Kathryn rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Here's the life-cycle of the pumpkin, including those that get chosen to be Jack O'Lanterns. While I admire Robbins' photography skills, I felt this book was less successful than Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden though the photography itself is arguably superior. First, Robbins' prose is not as inviting/interesting and, secondly, a few of the photographs are just too scary for young children, IMO. The scene with the ghoulish trick-or-treating faces reminded me of Death Eaters or Dementors f...more
Dec 02, 2008 Lauren rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
The photography in this book is beautiful. This is a great nonfiction choice for story time as it simply explains the life cycle of a pumpkin. The directions to carve a jack-o-lantern and the explanation that kids dress up for Halloween, near the end, are a bit tedious, but you can always improvise during those parts in the story. I also felt the bit about the seeds dying and the rotting pumpkins being eaten by animals was a little too depressing for my kids, so I left out a part or two there as...more
Jan 11, 2012 Melanie rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
A very simple non-fiction book about pumpkins told in picture-book story fashion. Gorgeous photos accompany child-friendly text.
Nov 06, 2010 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Ken Robbins' photographs enchant me with each of his books. The text of pumpkins is a very straightforward discussion of the life of a pumpking, from seed to jack o'lantern. What makes an average book better, though, are the photographs, which are what will make me keep looking for his nonfiction titles for my 4-year-old son (and the older kids, too).