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From Seed to Pumpkin (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1) Hardcover – August 17, 2004


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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1–Another entry in the popular and useful science series, this title explains in simple, clear language the stages in the development of a seed into a pumpkin. A couple of easy recipes and experiments are appended. Appealing watercolor-and-pencil illustrations show children involved in planting and tending the pumpkins, and help make the process and the passage of time understandable to this audience.–Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
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PreS-Gr. 2. This satisfying volume from the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out series tells and shows how a pumpkin plant grows. With a level of detail that seems just right for young children, the text clearly presents how the plant develops from seed to mature pumpkin as well as how it obtains and distributes water and nutrients. Pfeffer uses plain English rather than specialized terminology, explaining processes with precision while keeping the text accessible to her audience. Though the only character mentioned in the text is the farmer, the artwork features three children who join him to drop seeds into the ground, water them, and observe the plants as they grow. Their cheerful presence adds to the appeal of the illustrations, which are precise, pleasing drawings tinted with sunlit colors. The last two pages give instructions for two activities, "Roasted Pumpkin Seeds" and "How Plants Drink Water." An excellent introduction to plant development in general and pumpkins in particular. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (August 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060280387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060280383
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,118,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Wendy Pfeffer has written several other books for children,including From Tadpole to Frog and What's It Like to Be a Fish? both illustrated by Holly Keller. Ms. Pfeffer lives in Pennington, NJ. Holly Keller has illustrated Let's Go Rock Collecting by Roma Gans and You're Aboard Spaceship Earth by Patricia Lauber, as well as her own books starring Horace and Geraldine. Ms. Keller lives in West Redding, CT.

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Good illustrations and explanations in the text.
Susan Lamphere
I bought this book to read to my four-year-old son and to read to my first grade class.
Miss Howe
They liked it and managed to keep them entertained for as long as the book was read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ShopperMom5 on November 14, 2008
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I purchased this book for my three year old in the fall. He loves reading it, just like any of his story books and he is learning important lessons at the same time!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kita on November 7, 2013
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The book itself is great! Well written and illustrated But I bought it for my prekindergarten class and found it to be way too wordy for them. I had to paraphrase and skip a lot of text. They enjoyed the pictures though. This book is definitely better for first grade. I do recommend it but not for pre-k.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mel on October 20, 2009
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I teach Pre-K (4 and 5 year olds) and this book was perfect for explaining the life cycle of the pumpkin in language easy for them to understand. Definitely a keeper for years to come for my classes!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PB&L on September 2, 2014
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My daughter (3.5 years old) really likes this book although the concepts are just a tad more complicated than she's ready for yet. This is easily remedied by slightly altering some of the language or skipping over some of the more detailed points. Another few months and I think she'll be ready for the full detail (which is great since the book is rated for ages 4-8). :-)

The book goes through the process of how a pumpkin seed germinates once it's given certain conditions (such as light, soil, water, etc) and uses the energy from the sun to make sugar for the plant to use to grow to be a big plant that can produce its own pumpkins. The cycle is well written and a great intro into a more scientific concept than simply "a seed grows into a plant that makes a pumpkin". We would recommend this book for any child interested in gardens, plants, nature, seasons or cycles of plant life.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Grambo on October 22, 2011
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A step-by step science book of how seeds grow into pumpkins. The simple explanation of photosynthesis (without using that word) is well done, and the illustrations are beautiful. I have seen children learn various dinosaur names before they are old enough to read, so I think that "photosynthesis" might be a fun word for them -- the author did not really have to avoid it. The same goes for the first smooth leaves on the plant. "Cotyledon" is not any harder to pronounce than "tyrannosaurus," and might be a fun word for children to hear.

The back of the book has a science experiment to show how plants siphon water, and also instructions on how to make roasted pumpkin seeds. Ages 3-8.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lyork0814 on December 8, 2013
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Perfect addition to my pumpkin unit. Students enjoyed it. it has good pictures and simple explanations. Perfect for 2nd grade.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yellow on November 13, 2013
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This an easy story, I have 2 two year old and 2 four year old. They liked it and managed to keep them entertained for as long as the book was read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BethanyB on July 19, 2014
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Love the book! Tells a great story of how a seed grows into a pumpkin.
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