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3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  75 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
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
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 21st 2007 by Square Fish (first published 2006)
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Apr 22, 2016 Alison added it
Title: Pumpkins

Author: Ken Robbins

Genre: Photographic Essay

Theme(s): Fall, Pumpkins, Growth

Opening Line/Sentence: “At that time of the year when the air has turned cool, the cornstalks have turned brown, and the leaves are falling, splashing their color on the ground...”

Brief Book Summary: This is a photographic essay on pumpkins. When the grow, how they grow, as well as how they look/progress as they grow. He shows all of the shapes and sizes of pumpkins as well as what they can be used for. Be
Dec 15, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
Using photos from nature, this book gives a simple description of the life of a pumpkin from seed to harvest, as well as describing both culinary and cultural uses of the pumpkin. This book would be appropriate for an early reader, may need some assistance with words like "cornstalk", "positively", and "gigantic", and "thousand", etc.
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
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Oct 16, 2013 Lynn rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-nf
Excellent example of narrative non-fiction. Seems almost a relief to have a non-fiction book that provides adequate detail without the use of access features that are almost taking over the nf genre! Expressive writing, "patchwork of pumpkins", 'positively huge" and 'splashing their color" makes this a great read aloud. Full page photos on right hand side compliment the text, however, one must notice that one layout reverses with the full page on the left-great to have students ponder this break ...more
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
Nov 06, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it
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).
Sep 09, 2013 Betsy rated it liked it
So much potential: the storyline takes us from seed to plant to pumpkin and back to seeds.... but there are several pictures related to Halloween that make this book downright scary. The tone and feel of the rest of the book is very preschool-kindergarten friendly until the Halloween pictures, so they felt off to me.
Oct 13, 2011 Jec rated it liked it
i love fall...what's better than a pumpkin patch and waiting for the great pumpkin. this book is filled with beautiful photographs. a wonderful read on an autumn day.
Oct 10, 2012 Peacegal rated it liked it
Nicely-presented easy reader on the subject of the famous Fall gourd. A couple of the photographs seemed a bit odd choices for a picture book.
Aug 23, 2013 Bree rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
was great up till the halloween junk
really freaky photos of kids in horror movie masks
will not use this book because of that
Nov 14, 2009 Karyn rated it liked it
witches and ghosties on one page. Marring an otherwise great pumpkin book. Might not be a good choice if trying to avoid Halloween.
Beautiful photography telling the life cycle of a pumpkin. Very factual but lacks in the warm, fuzzy and fun I think kids like.
A very simple non-fiction book about pumpkins told in picture-book story fashion. Gorgeous photos accompany child-friendly text.
Apr 19, 2013 Carissa rated it it was ok
Get an ADULT to cut the pumpkin, but you can use matches yourself to light the candle inside... Mostly I found it meh.
Good easy non-fiction, suitable for storytime or reading out loud for pre-k-1st grades.
May 16, 2008 Tracie rated it it was amazing
Awesome for this fall - could be good non-fiction pick for storytime, too.
Nov 25, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it
Beautiful photographs all about pumpkins.
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