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Five Little Pumpkins (Harper Growing Tree)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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
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
on September 28, 2007
Format: Board book
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
on November 20, 2010
Format: Board book
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
on December 13, 2010
Format: Board bookVerified Purchase
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
VINE VOICEon October 2, 2006
Format: Board book
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
on September 19, 2002
Format: Board book
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
Format: Board bookVerified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
Last October, I had to spend a few days in North Carolina without my then-almost-three year old son. I wanted to bring him back something special, and, when I was out running errands, I saw this book. I love Dan Yaccarino's joyfully brilliant illustrations, and my son loved (and still loves) pumpkins, so I figured this book would be a winner. I was right.

We, of course, read it every night up until Hallowe'en. Then Thanksgiving. Then Christmas. It did get a bit of a rest during the spring and summer, but it is out again, and this time, HE reads it.

Five Little Pumpkins is a very old poem that we used every year at the library's Hallowe'en parties. With Dan Yaccarino's quirky-charming illustrations, the poem become alive and fresh, making this book a Hallowe'en classic for many years. I am quite partial to the ghosts. And cats.

If you are lucky enough to find this book this year -- it was published in 1998 -- pick it up and pass it on to your favorite kid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2012
Format: Board bookVerified Purchase
I recommend this book for preschool age children. However I purchased it as a gift for my 7 mo. old nephew so his mom can read to him. It's a classic Halloween book with rhyming text. All kids will like it.
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