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It's Pumpkin Time!

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  337 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
A brother and sister get ready for Halloween early -- by planting their own pumpkin patch! Readers will discover the simple joys of gardening and enjoy watching the exciting transformation from pumpkin seed to jack-o'-lantern.
Paperback, 40 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1994)
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Picture books about Fall
25th out of 58 books — 40 voters
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Kandice Buck
Oct 06, 2015 Kandice Buck rated it liked it
Shelves: seasons
This book is about two siblings who have a favorite holiday and it is Halloween. To get ready for Halloween, they start early. They plant a "jack-o'-lantern patch". The reader learns the different gardening jobs that have to be done in order for the pumpkin seeds to grow into pumpkins. When the pumpkins finally grow, the brother and sister pick their favorite and have their parents help them carve out the faces they want on their pumpkin. Then it is time fore them to go trick or treating. This i ...more
Jenna Arntz
Oct 06, 2015 Jenna Arntz rated it really liked it
Shelves: concept-book
This would be a great book to read to students before Halloween. The book describes how a pumpkin is grown and all of the steps you need to take to make sure the pumpkin grows and is healthy. I think children could learn a lot about Pumpkins from this book. It would also be very easy to tie in an activity that goes along with the book.
Kaitlyn Lawrence
This book would be a good read before halloween. It talks about growing a pumpkin and the many things that you can do with the pumpkin after it is full grown. It introduces the holiday but it also can incorporate science into your reading time by talking about what it take to make a plant grow.
Meg McGregor
An insightful book that follows the journey of a pumpkin seed to full-grown which eventually winds up as the best jack-o-lantern at Halloween time.

Bright colors that jump off the page will delight young readers at any time of the year.
Maggie KutsBorg
Sep 02, 2014 Maggie KutsBorg rated it liked it
Shelves: fall
Solid and scientific until the last few pages start talking about Halloween. But I can leave those out.
Country Fun
Jan 25, 2016 Country Fun rated it really liked it
Shelves: fall, pumpkins, science
strong illustrations
life cycle pumpkin
my kids love the puppy
Oct 16, 2015 Casandria rated it liked it
More informational than anything else.
Maria Burel
Think of it as the life-cycle of a jack-o-lantern, from seed packet to Halloween centerpiece. There’s alot of learning to be had from this book, and it worked out well that Preschooler was also talking about pumpkins and seeds and growing things last week, in preparation for her own trip to the pumpkin patch. Whether it’s at home,or in a preschool/kindergarten classroom, I’d recommend this one for incorporating both learning (life cycle of a seed) and Halloween into one lesson.
Oana Cerchezan
This science book is a good book for first graders to talk about the life process of plants. After reading this book, as a science experiment, the kids get the opportunity to plant their own seeds and watch their plant grow over the year!These observations can be recorded in their weekly science journals that they keep. After the plant grows, we discuss the changes and transformations of the plant we grew.
Melissa Sommer
Oct 17, 2011 Melissa Sommer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
This book describes how pumpkins grow and develop. It also desribes trick or treating and halloween. I thought this will be a really informational book to read to children to introduce the halloween season. I also will be useful to read when you are teaching color lessons because it talks about how the leaves change to different colors in the fall.
Skylar Burris
Oct 28, 2008 Skylar Burris rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
My daughter currently talks constantly about two things: Halloween and Jesus. Go figure. This was a harmless enough little story to feed the former fascination, complete with biological information on how pumpkins grow. I hope she won't be suffering from too much anti-climatic feeling come Saturday, November 1st.
April Evans
This is a wonderful book that takes the reader through the steps of how a pumpkin grows. In the back of the book there is even a diagram to show the reader how it grows. It is a great book to read to children in the fall, especially around Halloween.
Andrea Retana
It's Pumpkin Time!, Zoe Hall, Grade K-1, Planting Pumpkins
It has a very simple text for young readers.
It teaches students about planting, harvesting, and carving pumpkins.
It has bright illustration that help capture children attention.
Oct 02, 2010 Edna rated it really liked it
Sister and brother plant pumpkin seeds and take care of the plants until their favorite time of the year comes and the pumpkins can be made into jack-o-lanterns. Large bold illustrations make this a good book to share with toddlers.
Meg McGregor
Nov 22, 2014 Meg McGregor rated it liked it
An insightful book that follows the journey of a pumpkin seed to full-grown which eventually winds up as the best jack-o-lantern at Halloween time. Bright colors that jump off the page will delight young readers at any time of the year.
Kelsey Scherer
A very fun, colorful, and informational book! About a brother and sister who love Halloween and so they grow their own pumpkins. This book if full of teaching you how to plant and grow something. Their puppy is even included. A great book!
Nov 15, 2008 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Cute story about growing pumpkins that has details on how a little seed grows into a plant and then how pumpkins grow from the blossoms on the plant. Colorful illustrations and limited words on each page kept our girls' attentions.
Oct 08, 2012 Renee rated it really liked it
Summary: A sister and brother plant and tend their own pumpkin patch so they will have jack-o-lanterns for Halloween.

Great first book about pumpkins to use in the Fall or around Halloween. Short text and bold illustrations.
Whitney Zollman
This is another great fall book especially around Halloween. This book describes how a pumpkin grows, Halloween, and how the leaves change colors. This is a great book for pre-k and Kindergarten students.
Oct 25, 2013 Danielle rated it liked it
Very similar to Pumpkin Pumpkin, this book follows two children from planting pumpkin seeds to making jack-o-lanterns. I just wish I could find a pumpkin book without Halloween at the end (just for a change).
Katie Lee
This is such a fun book that describes the characters' love for pumpkins and Halloween! In the summer the brother and sister plant the seeds and watch them grow through the fall up until Halloween.
Oct 13, 2009 Meredith rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I like that this book is basically the life cycle of a pumpkin (although I would have enjoyed some pie in there too). And I really like the pictures. The pumpkins look really awesome here.
Lisa Vegan
I liked the dog, the pumpkins, and the information in the back of the book about how pumpkins grow from pumpkin seeds. The illustrations were okay to good. The story was boring, I thought.
Deborah Harris
Dec 22, 2013 Deborah Harris added it
Shelves: a8, ar-2
RL 1.94 GRL- I

AR Quiz No. 58325 EN Fiction
Accelerated Reader Quiz Information IL: LG - BL: 2.3 - AR Pts: 0.5
Accelerated Reader Quiz Type Information AR Quiz Types: RP, RV, VP
Jul 30, 2013 Mandy rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
(3.5 stars)

A little girl and her brother gt ready for their favorite holiday by planting a "jack-o-lantern patch." By Halloween, their jack-o-lanterns are ready!
April Scheivelhud
This is a classic story of a little boy watching a seed turn into a pumpking just in time for Halloween! At the end, he watches the pumpkin turn into a jack-o-lantern.
Aug 29, 2011 Paula rated it liked it
Very simple account, beautiful illustrations
A sister and brother plant and tend their own pumpkin patch so they will have jack-o-lanterns for Halloween.
Nov 03, 2012 Kim rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Bold, textured illustrations and simple text describe how to grow a jack-o-lantern.

themes: gardening, Halloween, Jack-o-lanterns, puumpkins
Tuyet Tran
Nov 18, 2010 Tuyet Tran rated it it was amazing
Shelves: holidays, vegetables
This book is about planting pumpkin. It is a good connection for celebrating Halloween and learning about the life cycles of the pumpkin.
A basic, good-for-the-classroom book about planting, harvesting and carving pumpkins. Includes scientific info on seed planting.
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