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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Growing Together
This is a fun Halloween story that Kindergarten through 3rd grade kids will enjoy. It traces the growing season of one special pumpkin from its start as a very tiny green bump on a vine to a huge carved jack-o-lantern that wins the town pumpkin contest. The pumpkin becomes the biggest and best pumpkin in the whole town and wins the contest because two mouse friends,...
Published on August 2, 2002 by Terrie

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2.0 out of 5 stars So it starts off good and based on the few pages you can peek ...
So it starts off good and based on the few pages you can peek at the story seems very organic garden friendly. Don't let that fool you too much though. The story is painfully repetitive. You could literally rip out every other page and get a better experience. So I like the angle of the story but it needs some serious editing.
Published 6 months ago by J. WINSTON


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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Growing Together, August 2, 2002
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Terrie (Little Chute, WI USA) - See all my reviews
This is a fun Halloween story that Kindergarten through 3rd grade kids will enjoy. It traces the growing season of one special pumpkin from its start as a very tiny green bump on a vine to a huge carved jack-o-lantern that wins the town pumpkin contest. The pumpkin becomes the biggest and best pumpkin in the whole town and wins the contest because two mouse friends, Clayton and Desmond, without realizing it, are both taking care of it. They both fertilize it and water it throughout the summer. They both protect it from frost in the autumn. The pumpkin gets a double helping of TLC. When the huge pumpkin is finally ready it is too big for one mouse to haul it the contest so the two mice (who have finally discovered each other) work together and share the prize and the fun. The characters are engaging, the illustrations are very cute and the story is about sharing, caring, nurturing and co-operating. This book has the wonderful added benefit of teaching exactly how to grow a really HUGE pumpkin that a real child can try in their own pumpkin patch with great success, including some secret tricks one might not know about that will surprise and amaze.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SUPER GREAT BOOK TO READ WITH YOUR CHILD!, October 1, 1998
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What a fun book!! It has wonderful illustrations. It also shows children how pumpkins grow! If you love the fall season and pumpkins, don't miss this one!!!! I know it is a hit when my daughter wants to read it over and over again!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story of Sharing and Caring, March 12, 2003
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This story was is great to teach you how a little bit of team work can get you where you want to be. In this story, two mice work together to grow a huge pumpkin, although they didn't know they were helping eachother. Each mouse put everything he had into making the pumpkin grow and be the best. Clayton the house mouse wanted to grow the biggest pumpkin and to win the grand prize at the town pumpkin contest. Desmond the field mouse wants to grow a pumpkin to make into the biggest and best jack-o-lantern ever. They work together and grow a pumplin bigger than their houses.
This story teaches you more than one thing. The first is that if you are determined to do something, and put your heart and soal into it, you can do whatever you want to do. In this case, grow a huge pumpkin. The other is that with teamwork, your job gets done faster, and sometimes makes the project easier. This is a very good book , and I recomend it, not just to kids, but to people of every age.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Happy Together, October 19, 2002
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Two mice, one a house mouse who works in the day and the other a field mouse who works at night, take care of the same pumpkin, not knowing about the other caretaker. The house mouse wants the pumpkin to win a contest and the field mouse wants to have the biggest jack-o-lantern ever. Children love listening to this book. It is a great story that has some wonderful illustrations, contains a message about sharing, and gives some useful techniques about growing pumpkins.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A guaranteed childhood favorite., May 19, 2011
When I was about eight or so I had this book on tape. I played it every single night without fail for almost nine months. I couldn't sleep without it. The story is wonderfully written with great values about sharing and teamwork. Reading this to your child will guarantee you a parent of the year mug.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book about pumpkin!, June 7, 2002
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The story is about two mice who fell in love with the same pumpkin. They each tried hard to feed the pumpkin, but none of them knew that they were taking care of same pumpkin. This was because they fed the pumpkin at different time. At last they knew that they took care of same pumpkin and it was the biggest amongst the others. My 2.5 years old son fell in love with this charming story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Biggest Pumpkin Ever, July 27, 2010
ISBN 0590464639 - Printed in the U.S.A. (a plus, in my opinion). Childrens' books always seem to fit into one of two categories: they try to hard to teach something, or they simply don't try at all. This one is right up the middle, with a great lesson tucked into a fun, light-hearted story.

Two mice, a house mouse named Clayton and a field mouse named Desmond, fell in love with a tiny green pumpkin and saw in it the answers to their aspirations. Clayton thought he could grow it into a prize winning pumpkin and Desmond thought he could grow it into a superb jack-o-lantern, neither aware of the other's designs. Both mice water and care for the pumpkin as it grows larger and larger, soon almost bigger than Clayton's house! When frost threatens their much loved pumpkin, both mice set out to keep it warm and each finally discovers what the other has been up to, realizing why their pumpkin has grown to be so very big. Without so much as a thought of arguing over the pumpkin, the boys come to an agreement to help each other realize their dream.

Summer is a bit of a drought, as far as seasonal and holiday books go, once you get past July 4th, so waiting until the end of October for the drought to end is too much for me. Autumn-themed books fill that gap nicely and this one is perfect. Aimed at children ages 5 to 7, author Steven Kroll's text is probably a little too much for the very youngest of readers, but is great for a read-aloud story that will appeal to even the youngest. Since almost everything happens twice, as Desmond and Clayton mirror each other's activities, there is just enough repetition in the text to encourage beginning readers. Jeni Bassett's illustrations, with a hint of ScarryTown to them, are adorable and will delight those children who can't yet read and even those of us who can. The lessons of sharing and co-operation are great and, in our ever-greening world, this book might just spark the interest of a budding gardener or two, too.

- AnnaLovesBooks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Team Work Gets You Where You Want To Go, March 11, 2003
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This story was is great to teach you how a little bit of team work can get you where you want to be. In this story, two mice work together to grow a huge pumpkin, although they didn't know they were helping eachother. Each mouse put everything he had into making the pumpkin grow and be the best. Clayton the house mouse wanted to grow the biggest pumpkin and to win the grand prize at the town pumpkin contest. Desmond the field mouse wants to grow a pumpkin to make into the biggest and best jack-o-lantern ever. They work together and grow a pumplin bigger than their houses.
This story teaches you more than one thing. The first is that if you are determined to do something, and put your heart and soal into it, you can do whatever you want to do. In this case, grow a huge pumpkin. The other is that with teamwork, your job gets done faster, and sometimes makes the project easier. This is a very good book , and I recomend it, not just to kids, but to people of every age.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story of Sharing and Caring, March 8, 2003
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This story was is great to teach you how a little bit of team work can get you where you want to be. In this story, two mice work together to grow a huge pumpkin, although they didn't know they were helping eachother. Each mouse put everything he had into making the pumpkin grow and be the best. Clayton the house mouse wanted to grow the biggest pumpkin and to win the grand prize at the town pumpkin contest. Desmond the field mouse wants to grow a pumpkin to make into the biggest and best jack-o-lantern ever. They work together and grow a pumplin bigger than their houses.
This story teaches you more than one thing. The first is that if you are determined to do something, and put your heart and soal into it, you can do whatever you want to do. In this case, grow a huge pumpkin. The other is that with teamwork, your job gets done faster, and sometimes makes the project easier. This is a very good book , and I recomend it, not just to kids, but to people of every age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, July 13, 2014
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Awesome product, just as I expected!
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the Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll (Paperback - August 1, 2007)
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