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Ten Orange Pumpkins: A Counting Book

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  187 ratings  ·  64 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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The Library Lady
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
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
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
Amber Bush
Savage, S. (2013). Ten Orange Pumpkins: A Counting Book. Dial.

Picture Book Log

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
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
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
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
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
Kory Bootsma
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
Probably one of my favorite counting books, AND one of my favorite recent holiday books.
Kayla Dunbar
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
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
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.
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).
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
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
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.
Ten Orange Pumpkins is a delightful counting story that will delight and spook young readers. Readers will enjoy counting the pumpkins one disappears with each page, finding the cat on each page, seeing the different Halloween characters and waiting for the surprise at the end!

William Green
This is a picture book with decent illustrations, but it isn't exactly the most exciting and engaging Halloween-themed book that's out there. It would be good for young children to help learn to count, but there may be better options available.
I loved this. The illustrations are great, with the brilliant colors and dark silhouettes. The story's fun, too, watching how all the pumpkins disappear in different ways. Good rhyming.
Great counting book, perfect for Halloween. Look for the cat on all pages, and clever transformations on some of the spreads. However, the short lines seem like they should rhyme.
a fun Halloween book. loved it! the kids loved counting the pumpkins and finding the cat on every page.
A great choice for a toddler Halloween storytime - thematic but not too creepy.
ALA ALSC Notable 2014
Fantastic read-aloud for Halloween, with graphics bold and big enough to be enjoyed by a large group.
Loved this Halloween-themed rhyming counting book and it's simple illustrations.
Great art. I liked how expressive the cat was, even though we only see his silhouette.
This book would be good to read before a lesson on numbers for first graders I think.
Kris Odahowski
Crisp illustrations make this a great Halloween read a loud of younger children.
Becky Kondritz
Cute counting book for preschool. No rhymes or clever plays with language.
Katie Darrin
simple, yet striking illustrations; great basic math concept book
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Stephen Savage is known for his economical style of illustration that conveys complex ideas and emotion with simple lines and color. He does a wide range of work from books and household design to celebrity portraits and political icons. His childrens books include the bestselling Polar Bear Night and a new Margaret Wise Brown title, The Fathers Are Coming Home. He created the animal faces on the ...more
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