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Ten Orange Pumpkins: A Counting Book

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  558 ratings  ·  125 reviews
"Spooktacular"  -- Daily Candy

"Savage’s spirited rhymes (no pun intended) make this an ideal readaloud for younger Halloween celebrants."          --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The landscapes Savage creates… have a softness and gentle humor that will capture the imaginations of young children and add to their anticipation."  --Kirkus Reviews

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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published August 29th 2013 by Dial Books (first published August 1st 2013)
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Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Amazing pictures. The niece and nephew were very excited about this book. They loved the story. It is a fun like counting story. Perfect for the Holiday season. You can't go wrong with this one. Not scary, just sets a mood. ...more
The Library Lady
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Liked this book so much that when I realized I couldn't get my library copy in time for Halloween story hours, I bought my own on Amazon. Does that tell you something?

The text rhymes and is beautifully rhythmic--sad that I have to marvel at that, isn't it? The artwork here is incredibly striking--bold and clean and simple. It looks a great deal like the work of Donald Crews--and I mean it in a good way. It is so simple that my ten dancing thumbs yearn to turn it into a flannelboard--but it's so
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Kids everywhere love to read and to count. This fabulous book will get them counting to ten as well as get them into the Hallowe'en spirit. Simplicity is the key to this book's success. The bold, colourful, clean-line illustrations, done with silhouettes, and sporting traditional Hallowe'en colours, are simply spooktacular. Familiar characters who emerge to celebrate this special day are featured: ghosts, bats, witches, mummy's, scarecrows and more. Kids can follow the inquisitive black cat as h ...more
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Probably one of my favorite counting books, AND one of my favorite recent holiday books.
Becky Loader
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Nice, simple counting book.
Corban Ford
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very fun counting book, loved the storytelling by my energetic co-worker!
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Delightful rhymed countdown story with colorful silhouette pictures, set on Halloween.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime3-5
Good storytime option. In addition to involving counting, it has a lot of opportunity to engage the kids with questions or moments where they can anticipate what will happen next.
Bridget Neace
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: halloween
Super-cute Halloween/counting book. :)
Ten Orange Pumpkins was a very simplistic book about ten pumpkins on the night of Halloween. On each subsequent page the pumpkins encounhter a motif of holiday and something happens to decrease the number of pumpkins by one. This continues until all pumpkins are gone, ending with the last one as a Jack-o-lantern.
I first chose this book because I inferred that it would have something to do with my favorite holiday, Halloween. I was correct, however instead of making me like this book more the the
Sara Stelmach
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
The picture book “Ten Halloween Pumpkins” by Stephen Savage is a great Halloween themed counting book. This book counts down 10 spooky halloween situations starting with 10. There are pages with witches, ghosts, spiders, black cats, and pumpkins. After each page one disappears in till there is just one Halloween pumpkin. The illustrations are bold but also simple. Savage uses Halloween colors as a theme. Specifically, he uses dark blue, black, purple, and of course orange. These colors create a ...more
Amber Bush
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: libs-642
Savage, S. (2013). Ten Orange Pumpkins: A Counting Book. Dial.

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Counting/2014 ALSC Notable Children's Book List

This picture book is a Halloween-based counting book that combines the use of festive elements and an easy to read concept. From witches and ghosts to of course, pumpkins, it allows students to become excited about reading; they may not even realize that they are learning too! Not only does this book reinforce the concept of counting to ten, but goes beyond that and measur
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was sitting on the New Picture Books shelf at our library last week, and my almost-three-year-old son was drawn to it like a moth to a flame. He made me read it to him right there in the library, and even though I enjoyed it I put it on the re-shelve cart when we were done because, well, it's January. It's not the season for a Halloween book. But an hour later when it was time to leave my son piped up, "Where's the pumpkin book I'm taking home?" So we checked it out and have read it at ...more
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
TEN ORANGE PUMPKINS is a nice counting picture-book written by Stephen Savage. It is a Halloween story where at the beginning there are ten pumpkins and one by one they go disappearing until there in only one and this is the Halloween Pumpkin. The characters that take the pumpkins all of them are related to Halloween, ghosts, spiders, black cats etc.

I usually prefer other type of pictures, which more realistic, but I have to say that I like so much this ones. The colors that Savage has used are
Feb 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: libs-642
1. Genre and age: Fiction counting picture book, grades K-1

2. Summary: Ten orange pumpkins are present on All Hallows Day and one by one, a pumpkin vanishes on each page.

3. Curriculum: I can definitely see this picture book being used in a whole-classroom setting where the teacher is reading to the students on the carpet, and students are taking turns counting how many pumpkins there are.

4. Reaction: I like the consistency of each page turn where one less pumpkin exists, the entrance of new Hall
Jessica Hughes
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Counting: Ten Orange Pumpkins is a festive book that tells how each of the pumpkins are taken away one by one during the night. Different Halloween characters take pumpkins away over time, such as a mummy and a witch that uses one in a potion. I love the simple rhyming lines of the book and how the numbers are always emphasized with large, bold print. I also like how the last pumpkin is used to create a beautiful jack-o-lantern that lights up the night with a happy ending. The digital illustrati ...more
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fall-holiday
4.5, because I found the bold illustrations perfect for a counting book, and loved the way the color schemes on each spread make the black silhouettes and bright orange pumpkins really pop.(view spoiler) ...more
Sep 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: libs-642
Savage, S. (2013). Ten Orange Pumpkins: A counting book. New York: Penguin Group.

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2014 ALSC Notable Children's Book List

In this bright and fun counting book, it's Halloween time and the pumpkins are out. The story starts out with ten pumpkins. But with all sorts of silly creatures coming out to help themselves to the pumpkins by the end there is only one left. What a delightful and amusing countdown book that students will love to read at Halloween time! This would be a cute book to u
Kayla Dunbar
Sep 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Two Orange Pumpkins is a well written counting book that makes learning how to count to ten fun. It uses different aspects of Halloween to make each number interesting. The book starts off with ten pumpkins. As the book progresses different Halloween type creatures. These creatures start to take the pumpkins and we are gradually left with one. This book incorporates Halloween without being scary. Stephen Savage does an great job of making counting fun for our students. The illustrations are also ...more
Mary Ann
Ten orange pumpkins start the night stacked neatly on hay bales outside the farmer's house, but one by one they disappear. Savage combines bold illustrations with rhythmic rhyming text, giving young readers just enough clues that they can figure out what happens to each pumpkin. I especially love his striking use of silhouettes--they are creepy and dramatic, yet they are simple and straightforward.

Look how effectively Savage uses the page to hook young readers. They'll love counting the pumpkin
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
WOW!! I am in love with the effect the illustrations create in this Halloween title. As for as the counting aspect it is there, but this is not a counting title. Although a number of colors are used in the illustrations, the predominate use of black silhouettes with the pops of the orange pumpkins as well as white seen in the ghost and in eyes is stunning! Would love using this with an audience older than preschoolers. This is not a title that is about a beginning to end story line, just spooky ...more
Kory Bootsma
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ten Orange Pumpkins is a Halloween story that counts down from ten to teach children about numbers. Starting out with ten pumpkins, pumpkins slowly "disappear" by either being stolen by a pirate, struck by lightening, or added to a "pot of witch's brew" (including many others)! With every turn of the page, children can count the new amount of pumpkins which in turn, reinforces number literacy. The illustrations are extremely captivating and the rhyme schemes are witty and engaging, delighting bo ...more
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This works GREAT with a group of pre-school children.
Bold colors against silhouettes, three lines of text every other page followed by one line of text every other page. Lots of expletives to invite the children to repeat with you (such as 'yikes', 'hah!', 'flash!', 'boo!', 'splash!', 'arrr!', 'whoosh!', 'poof!', and 'gasp!'.

Our story performers had the kids do actions along with them, making this a very engaging book. It ends with the phrase "Happy Halloween!" which the kids love saying with y
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture
WOW! This is one of my favorite read alouds in a long time! A fantastic counting/countdown book with clever illustrations of black, orange, and white which add a mysterious feel to the aire of Halloween.

With its rhyming text, it will be great to share with a group. This will be one of my favorite Halloween go to books.
This is a good Halloween counting book - colored in black and orange, it makes for a spooky adventure counting down from 10 to 1. Just know that the word Halloween is used at the end, so if you don't celebrate Halloween or read to a school that does not celebrate it, you may need to sensor that last part (which might be hard to do as the whole book is written in rhyme). ...more
Kelley Bennett
Although this book has a witch, skeletons and a ghost they aren't very scary at all. This is a good beginner's book. It counts down from 10 pumpkins to one pumpkin and the illustrations are really neat. They remind me of color-blocking with not a lot of detail so I don't think it would scare any of the students regardless of the age. I would definitely read this to a younger class at Halloween. ...more
Jade Detzer
This book has a Halloween feel to it but the Halloween figures (ghosts, witches, etc) have friendly, smiling faces and are not scary whatsoever. This book is perfect for the fall and counting with younger students. It is a predictable book, the pumpkins decrease by one every page. It can be used for a review math lesson.
Dakotah Sporing
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a classic counting book that also uses rhyming and theme very well throughout the book and would be an excellent book to use for teaching counting in a different way. this book is a normal counting book with added rhyming and theme in it. I chose this book for the theme and the content it covers.
Olivia Kelly
Sep 21, 2016 rated it liked it
This would obviously be a wonderful book to read to a classroom around Halloween and in the fall. Ten Orange Pumpkins go through a series of wicked and spooky scenarios in which one is lost each time. The colors are very seasonal and the style of illustration I feel works perfectly alongside the text, adding to the feel of the story. Highly recommended for Preschool-1st grade.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great story - rhyming and cool verses. The great thing is the black cat is on every page, watching the pumpkins disappear. The illustrations are unique and beautiful. It features a neat silhouette with spooky scenes. It is cleverly written and fun for a read aloud. Highly recommended for Grades K-1.
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Brooklyn-based Stephen Savage is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of 15 books for children. He is the recipient of a New York Times Best Illustrated Book award, a Sendak Fellowship, and a Geisel Honor.

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