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Pumpkins

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  59 ratings  ·  16 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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Kathryn
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
Melanie
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Lynn
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
Lauren
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
Amy
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).
Betsy
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.
Jec
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.
Peacegal
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.
Bree
Notes:
was great up till the halloween junk
really freaky photos of kids in horror movie masks
will not use this book because of that
Karyn
witches and ghosties on one page. Marring an otherwise great pumpkin book. Might not be a good choice if trying to avoid Halloween.
Kathryn
Beautiful photography telling the life cycle of a pumpkin. Very factual but lacks in the warm, fuzzy and fun I think kids like.
Melanie
A very simple non-fiction book about pumpkins told in picture-book story fashion. Gorgeous photos accompany child-friendly text.
Carissa
Get an ADULT to cut the pumpkin, but you can use matches yourself to light the candle inside... Mostly I found it meh.
Sarah
Good easy non-fiction, suitable for storytime or reading out loud for pre-k-1st grades.
Tracie
Awesome for this fall - could be good non-fiction pick for storytime, too.
Susan
Beautiful photographs all about pumpkins.
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