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Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night Paperback – September 1, 2001


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PreSchool-Grade 2-From the way leaves are changing color, squirrels are foraging, and schoolchildren are making paper pumpkins to decorate the walls, a young boy realizes that it's "pumpkin time." With great anticipation, the day comes to pick out his perfect pumpkin, take it home to carve, and make it glow as bright as the moon above. The child's delight heightens as he describes how his mother uses other parts of the fruit by roasting the seeds and baking a spicy pie. Rockwell's text is lively and rhythmic. Paired with Halsey's abstract paper sculptures that are full of striking color combinations and intriguing shadow play, it makes the perfect book to capture and keep the attention of young readers. An exceptional autumn offering that's sure to become a seasonal favorite.
Betsy Barnett, Eads School District, CO
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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As the leaves turn color, signaling the approach of "pumpkin time," young Jeffrey draws sample jack-o'lantern faces on construction paper in anticipation of the day he will help carve this season's prized decoration. Finally pumpkin day arrives; Jeffrey and his mother drive to the farmers market, cull the mounds of squashes, and select their perfectly round and orange choice. At home that evening, Mom transfers Jeffrey's pumpkin picture onto the real pumpkin and carves its beaming face while the two toast pumpkin seeds and bake the small pie pumpkins Mom brought home. Readers can almost smell the nutty aroma of roasting pumpkins that envelops this warm scene of parent and child interacting in a favorite fall tradition. The three-dimensional illustrations, like Jeffrey's pumpkin faces, appear cut from crayon-colored construction paper, creating a charming childlike quality. Rockwell and Halsey (One Bean [1998]) have caused an engaging picture book to evolve from their celebration of a simple childhood joy. Ellen Mandel --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802776140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802776143
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,529,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Addison Phillips on June 8, 2004
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My son and I love reading this book. With its beautiful cadences and lovely rhythms, it makes a nice story about choosing your holiday pumpkin--your perfect pumpkin--and it captures the flavors and textures and smells of fall in just that special way. A book filled with pumpkins that gently and beautifully captures the imagination of your young child and the deep inner glow they get when their pumpkin is glowing in the night.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Remignanti on October 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
"Punkin' Day, Punkin' Night? Mama read it?" was the request of the week when this book was at our house. We love this book! My son and I checked it out of the library because he's noticing all of the pumpkins at the market and on doorsteps, and this book just fueled his obsession. He's almost two years old and this story is perfect for explaining what we do with a pumpkin for Halloween. J loves the nighttime pages when the pumpkin is glowing, we can see the moon, the leaves are off the trees, and it's very serene. We read this book at least two times a day while it was at our house. I highly recommend Anne Rockwell for the toddler set; her books are very simple and pleasant for little learners.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. DeLoughrey on October 23, 2009
Format: Board book
This is a plain and simple book about a boy picking a pumpkin for Halloween, perfect for 2-4 year olds.
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By Daisy on September 23, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Very cute story to read for the Fall of the year.
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