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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (August 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076145327X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761453277
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,286,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A rabbit family visits a farm and learns how the gourd grows, discovers its different varieties and uncovers a bit of jack-o'-lantern history ("In olden times, they hollowed out potatoes and turnips and beets for lanterns") in Pumpkin Day! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. Her signature collage spreads starring bunny characters feature factoids and pumpkin jokes throughout-plus recipes.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-One fall day, a rabbit family visits Pumpkin Hollow Farm to select pumpkins for cooking, decorating, and carving. Facts and riddles appear on signs scattered throughout the stand. Mrs. Bell, who works there, keeps pictures in her pocket that demonstrate how the gourds grow, and she shows them to the curious bunnies. Later, back at home, the family carves jack-o'-lanterns before enjoying a supper of "pumpkin muffins, toasted pumpkin seeds sprinkled on salad, and for dessert, pumpkin pie!" Recipes appear on lined, illustrated cards. The characters, created from cut-paper collages and placed on colorful backgrounds, are eye-catching and endearing. Children will love poring over the details and absorbing the information that has been expertly woven into the artwork. A superb blending of fiction and nonfiction.
Melinda Piehler, North Tonawanda Public Library, NY
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Jokes are included for kids that like jokes.
annie
In this story, Pippa and her family visit a pumpkin farm to the kids can pick out their pumpkins for carving Jack-O-Lanterns.
Celeste
The book is illustrated with lovely cut paper art and there are even crafts and recipes in the book.
Bingo-Karen Haney

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. A Truett VINE VOICE on May 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
As I read this to my 3-year-old, I thought about how great it would be for a homeschooler. Not only is the art superb, but it includes so much about the history of the pumpkin, how they grow, the fact that they are berries, etc... And it does so without feeling textbookish. Heck, I learned a lot. LOL!
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Cute little book about pumpkins and the history of jack-o-lanterns. The illustrations using cutouts are excellent. You learn all about pumpkins when the rabbits visit a pumpkin farm to pick out just the right pumpkin to carve for the autum Halloween season. My son especially loved the recipes in the book and we made delicious pumpkin pancakes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By phillygirlly on September 29, 2011
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Found this book while looking for a book about Autumn. It is so cute. The art is adorable and the story is too. The bunny family celebrates "Pumpkin Day" doing all sorts of pumpkin things. There are facts, recipes and jokes about pumpkins perfectly woven into the story. Can't wait to get a few more of this authors titles.
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Pumpkin Day! is fun introduction to pumpkins, with a good story plus pumpkin facts, jokes and even recipes for pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin muffins and toasted pumpkin seeds. I learned from the trivia that pumpkins are berries and that Maxima pumpkins are the largest fruit.

What I liked the most was the explanation of how pumpkins grow. Our food in the U.S. is often far-removed from the farm and children may only see it in grocery stores (or farmers' markets if they are lucky enough to have access to them). The bunny family visits Pumpkin Hollow Farm to select pumpkins for carving. The two younger bunnies learn about how pumpkin seeds are planted and sprout, requiring water, weeding, fertilizer & bug control in order to grow.

While the content rates a solid 4.5 stars, I am not a huge fan of the paper-cut art illustrations as they make the book seem slightly dated. I would have preferred more traditional illustration.

If you enjoy this book, you may want to check out The Valentine Express which is by the same author and about another family of bunnies. I will be giving copies of that to my godchildren next Valentine's Day.
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Written and illustrated by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, Pumpkin Day! is another charming addition to her collection of informational books featuring a bunny family. This book presents facts about pumpkins through the narrative frame of a bunny family celebrating “pumpkin day” by visiting a pumpkin farm.

In addition to vocabulary and diagrams, this book also offers neat touches like jokes and recipes (all featuring pumpkins, of course). The cut-paper collage illustrations are colorful and cute. The details in the images make them very engaging to look at. My wife, who is an elementary teacher, is looking forward to sharing this with her class in the fall.

Of course, the true test of children’s literature is the children-- and my kids love it. My eldest especially has enough experience with pumpkins to make connections between the book and her own prior knowledge. My younger children love the pictures and the bunny family, so this has been an enjoyable read-aloud for the entire family. It’s always a nice treat to find a book that can be both entertaining and informative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on November 25, 2012
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The book is great it teaches how as pumpkin grows along with carving it ! Fun and educational!! Gave as a gift to kindergarten teacher before Halloween
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Pumpkin Day is a kinda cute book, which is indirectly about a family of rabbits who are just crazy about anything regarding pumpkins. The kids pine for pumpkin pancakes ... and anything else made of pumpkins. Recipes are included.

But the main point of the book is to share information about pumpkins.

Interspersed in this "half-story, half-encyclopedia article" are a melange of jokes and factoids. Some of these fall flat, like "whats a pumpkin's favorite game?: SQUASH!" due to the fact that my 5 year old doesn't know what a game of squash is. Perhaps we just aren't cultured enough.

I've read this book to my son three times now, and while the information was interesting the first time, subsequent readings are lackluster.

Overall I thought it was an amusing read for the fall season, but, somehow, I didn't catch the magic. Certainly this is a cool little book with cute artwork, but, its probably something you want to check out from the library instead of purchasing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn M. Hietsch on November 22, 2013
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A great book that combines a fictional story with facts about pumpkins. All of the authors books are great for preschoolers and Kindergartners.
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I love being out in Nature in all seasons - hiking, camping, star gazing, playing in the snow, gardening, beach combing - looking... listening...touching... being filled with WONDER. Nature is where many of the ideas for books come from. I love doing research and having those - WOW! I didn't know that - moments. I also paint seascapes... and love going to art museums. Guess which of my books that inspired! I write and illustrate books about what I love to do and what I care about. I love sharing with children and adults, my writing process, how I create my artwork and sharing what I have learned about visual literacy. Happy me, lucky me, being a children's book author and illustrator.

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