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PreSchool-Grade 3-A simple, appealing selection for storytimes. When Tim carves his first pumpkin, he names it Jack. When it finally begins to decay, he puts it in the garden rather than in the trash bin. As the months go by, Jack grows moldy, sinks into the leaves, hides in the snow, and finally sprouts a new plant. By the next fall, there are plenty of pumpkins for Tim to share at school. He keeps just one for himself and when he finishes carving it, he says "Welcome back, Jack!" The plant's cycle throughout the seasons is told in a satisfying, straightforward fashion. Hubbell uses colored pencils with solvent wash effects to create vibrant double-page spreads that bring the story to life. These pictures complement the text, which flows nicely with its own descriptive details. Readers can hear the crinkle of old leaves, smell the earthy odors of the garden, and breathe in the crisp air of the first frosty day of autumn. Any child who has had to throw away a beloved jack-o'-lantern will appreciate this fine offering.
Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ages 4-7. Tim loves the jack-o'-lantern he has carved, and he keeps it long after Halloween. When it begins to rot, he lays it in the garden, where it decomposes all winter. In the spring, a sprout appears. Jack waters and weeds the plant until fall, when he harvests the pumpkins, gives them to his friends, and carves a new jack-o'-lantern for himself. Satisfying and surprisingly varied in approach and perspective, Hubbell's colored pencil drawings illustrate the simple story in a series of well-imagined scenes that focus both on Tim and on the many stages of his pumpkin plant. The narrative flows along naturally with the progression of the pumpkin through the seasons. One of the best fictional picture books to follow the cycle of a plant, this would be a good choice for reading aloud. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company; Reprint edition (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807566667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807566664
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jill Bredal on October 22, 2000
Format: Library Binding
This is a great little story, far removed from the frightful and cutie-pie ones that are so prevalent at Halloween. Pumpkin Jack is a jack-o-lantern who gradually collapses and dies after Halloween, as all do. We see the little boy through the seasons of his year, occasionally reminded of the old jack-0-lantern. In the spring, a tiny vine begins to grow where the old jack died. The vine, of course, grows pumpkins, which, in the fall, the boy gives away--all but one. Fine watercolor illustrations, which in some places are a bit rough, but the story more than makes up for them. This is what the death of nature in the autumn is all about, beautifully told, with a message of renewal in the end.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C.S. on October 20, 2006
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My son's kindergarten teacher read this to them this week, and my son and I fell in love with it! A very different story for Halloween, and one that will have your child(ren) wanting to put THEIR jack-o-lantern in the garden instead of the trash, just to see what happens. Terrific story, beautiful illustrations - I'm here to buy several copies to give away as gifts.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sheldon Fishman on July 1, 2000
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Pumpkin Jack is a magnificiantly drawn children's book. It's one of the books that you can relish viewing repeatedly. Very good feature since I anticipate having to read this out loud over and over again to enchanted children. The story is excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jenny-beast on January 31, 2005
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My 6 year old son picked this book himself at the library, probably for the colorful, textured drawings but was soon glued to the story of Tim and the pumpkin he named "Jack". The story follows Tim and Jack through a year of seasons and the many physical changes in "Jack" until Jack disintegrates. Later, Tim notices a tiny sprout and later, a whole crop of pumpkins grow! Tim gives them all away except one which he names "Jack" of course.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Gillen on October 1, 2013
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This book was great for my pre-k class (could really be used for much older grades). I read it before we carved the pumpkin and touched all the inner stuff. If you had a small pumpkin you can deteriorate it yourself by putting it in a sealed jar so that the kiddos can watch it turn just like Pumpkin Jack does in the story!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Richardson on November 3, 2013
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As a Grandmother to a 8 year old girl and 4 year old boy, this was a refreshing story regarding the pumpkin's life cycle. It not only taught them the science of the life cycle of the pumpkin but also came at a great time of year during the fall of the year.
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I bought this storybook online last fall. I read the first part of the book to the children and stopped where the little boy said "Goodbye Pumpkin Jack" as he kicked dirt over what remained of the pumpkin after the snow had melted. We carved our own "Pumpkin Jack" without scraping out the pulp and seeds. After Halloween, we took him out to the corner of the playground and placed him on the bare ground so that we could watch him change over the next few months. We put a little fence around him with a sign, "Pumpkin Jack" do not touch! The children and I kept a journal of him monthly. After the snow melted, we kicked dirt over him and said our goodbyes! Now we have several sprouts...."Pumpkin Jack lives!!!" I will read the rest of the book to the children before children go home for the summer. I will continue my journal and take pictures to send to the class. Cool science project, great life experience!!! Beautiful illustrations in the book.
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What a beautifully illustrated book. I read this to my preschool class and they were totally engaged the whole time. You learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin through this charming story of a boy who named his pumpkin 'Jack.' After Halloween the 'Jack' begins to rot and goes through the seasons until his seeds sprout in the spring--starting all over again. I think my students liked that he had a name--in fact one student told me he named his own pumpkin 'Jack!'

I followed up by showing the preschoolers my pumpkin bushes outside and then we looked at the vines, flowers, baby green pumpkins, and mature pumpkins more closely inside. We also explored the insides of several pumpkins.

This book is great on it's own, but is also wonderful as a base for further learning and exploration. Fun book!
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