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Five Little Pumpkins (Harper Growing Tree) Board book – August 5, 2003


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From School Library Journal

PreS?Five Little Pumpkins repeats the well-known fingerplay. In Yaccarino's illustrations, garish orange jack-o'-lanterns with stark black eyes are accompanied by a blankly staring white ghost and a black cat. Although this short poem has been a perennial favorite of the storytime set, some children may find these faces frightening rather than appealing. In Wrapping Paper Romp, Plecas depicts a cheerful, round-faced toddler in orange pajamas tearing apart a colorfully wrapped present as a cat paws at a bow. Hubbell's rhyming couplets will hold youngsters' interest as they recognize the peek-a-boo game that the main character plays with the kitten behind the purple tissue paper. Skip the pumpkins and romp with the tamer of the two.?Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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public domain in law, legal availability for public use, free of charge, of materials, processes, devices, skills, and plans that are not protected by copyright or patent, including those on which copyright or patent has lapsed.
source: The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. Copyright © 2001-05 Columbia University Press.

Dan Yaccarino is an award-winning artist whose work has been featured in magazines, ad campaigns, and animation worldwide. His large-scale paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in galleries across New York City, Tokyo, and Rome. Mr. Yaccarino has written several books of his own and illustrated numerous books by other authors, including I Met a Bear and So Big!. His television show Oswald the Octopus airs on Nick Jr. He lives with his wife, Susan, and their son, Michael Dante, in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Series: Harper Growing Tree
  • Board book: 16 pages
  • Publisher: HarperFestival; Brdbk edition (August 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0694011770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0694011773
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 9, 1999
Format: Board book
Personally, I'm glad to see that board books are finally coming into their own and receiving professional, editorial reviews! Too often, board books play a very distant 2nd fiddle to their larger (and longer) kin, the picture books.
I've read a good deal of board books in my time, and have found that while there are vast numbers of them, some are just plain poorly written or illustrated-I fancy because people feel that they're only being given to very young children, so what's the big deal?
It IS a big deal, and Mr. Yaccarino does an excellent job with this work. Based on a popular fingerplay (hold up 5 fingers and sing/say the rhyme), the book is likely to already be familiar to most infants & toddlers, especially around Halloween time. The illustrations are bold, very bright oils that capture the playful spirit of the fingerplay and the text is a big, bold, easy-to-read non-serif font that fully compliment the story (all too often, the text in board books is difficult to read or distinguish different letter shapes & patterns).
Our five little pumpkins, each with a different expression that stays constant throughout the book, begin by sitting on a gate as an impish ghost floats out of a chimney on a house in the background. The sun is setting, and it's time for some fun!
The pumpkins see witches in the air, talk with each other, and even get juggled by the ghost, who seems to be having the most fun. Children can practice mastery at color identification-"what color is the grass? "-and emotions-"can you find the sad pumpkin? "-as well as simply gain fine motor skills by handling the toddler-sized book and turning the thick pages. I work for a literacy outreach program, and highly recommend this book for both our program and for parents/caregivers who are scouting about for quality board books.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 7, 2005
Format: Board book
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.

The first one said, "Oh, my it's getting late!"

The second one said, "There are witches in the air."

The third one said, "But we don't care."

The fourth one said, "Let's run, let's run!"

The fifth one said, "Isn't Halloween fun?"

Then Woooooo went the wind

And OUT went the lights.

And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

My 2 1/2 year old just loves Halloween. It's only June as I write this and he's already asking if Halloween is coming soon almost on a daily basis. So when I saw this book at a yard sale I just had to pick it up. This delightful verse that has been around so long is accompanied by cute and spooky illustrations of pumpkins, ghosts, witches, and black cats. Just a delightful and sturdy little board book. Perfect for your little goblin.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Falvey on September 28, 2007
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I was a kindergarten teacher and this rhyme was a staple during the month of October. When I saw it had been made into a book, I got it for my 2 year old daughter. It is perfect for this age. Short, rhyming text and vibrant pumpkin pictures. My 4 year old twins like it too because they are so familiar with the rhyme they feel like they are reading it themselves. Definitely a favorite for Halloween in this house.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Holland-Radvon on November 19, 2010
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This was the first Halloween story book I bought for my son when he was just a little over a year old. He's 8 now and it's still a favorite. We don't read it 5 - 10 times a day anymore, but it's a book that he loved so much as a toddler and has wonderful, un-scary rhymes so it's still in the October bedtime story rotation for now. Wonderful memories will always be associated with this book. =D
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ruth A. Bracken on December 13, 2010
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I remember this song from early childhood, so I was thrilled to find a board book with it for my Grandsons. They love it. I read it then sing the song and we count the pumpkins. My 18 month old carries it around. I would definitely recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen K. Hart VINE VOICE on October 2, 2006
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The rhyme of Five Little Pumpkins is SO easy to read and memorize, the board book holds up very well, and the illustrations are very endearing--the jack-o-lantern faces are expressive and the colors are beautiful. This book made my 20-month-old son a jack-o-lantern fan, and I haven't gotten tired of reading it to him yet!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Collado on September 19, 2002
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Dan Yaccarino captures the essence of Halloween with simple, yet expressive pictures of pumpkins, ghosts and a black cat. My one year old son Ryan loves it when i read the story of the Five Little Pumpkins. He points to all the different pumpkin faces and loves their orange glow. The book wipes clean and withstands being dragged all over the house! I am a big fan of Dan Yaccarino's work, love his cartoon Oswald, so this book is a big Halloween fun delight!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By perrymasonary on April 29, 2010
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A cute book that is good any time of year. My 4 yr old learned it in school word for word after the teacher taught it to the class. I purchased a copy because he is now learning to read the words he memorized.

The copy is so cute it will make you smile.
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