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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 230L (What's this?)
  • Series: Robin Hill School
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight; Pap/Cas edition (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689858744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689858741
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-When Katie's first-grade class goes on a field trip to the pumpkin patch, she is convinced that she has found the perfect pumpkin until her classmates tease her about its tiny size. However, her father suggests that they make a pie, and the pumpkin is just the right size. Katie takes the dessert to school to share with the other children, who find it "perfect." The easy text in large type, with no more than two sentences per page, and the cheerful, colorful cartoon art will appeal to beginning readers.
Doris Losey, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, Tampa, FL
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Margaret McNamara is the author of the Robin Hill School series, and she gets many ideas from her daughter’s own school experiences. She lives in New York City.

Mike Gordon illustrates the Robin Hill series and has an extensive and varied background in illustration and design. He lives with his family in Santa Barbara, California.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tiare Sol on October 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
My son reads at an early first grade level and found this book to be only slightly challenging and plenty of fun to read. The story was interesting, which is always an important motivator. The pages have colorful pictures and are not overly wordy, which can somtimes overwhelm beginners. Finally, most of the words are phonetic, with very few sight words, which was great for us, as my son gets frustrated when a story has too many new sight words that he doesn't know.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John P. Rooney on October 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
"The Pumpkin Patch" by Margaret McNamara. Illustrated by Mike Gordon.
Aladdin Paperbacks, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2003

This is a "Ready To Read" book that begins with Mrs. Connor bringing her first grade class to the "Pumpkin Patch" to pick out a pumpkin for Halloween, and Katie wanted to find the perfect pumpkin. All throughout the long bus ride (on a standard yellow school bus), Katie dreamed about the "perfect pumpkin". BUT! When she finally chose a pumpkin, Katie's ideal pumpkin did not meet the expectations of all the other kids, Emma and Ayanna and Neil and James. Not round! Not big! Not tall! Too, too small! Katie realized that her pumpkin was too small.

When Katie tells her father that she had picked a "... bad pumpkin", Dad knows just what to do. What they do together is the central theme of the entire book, and I will not tell you here how the father solves the dilemma. This is an excellent Halloween book, especially for individuals who are concerned that Halloween is really an ancient pagan Celtic feast. By the way, one of the reasons that we purchased this book for our granddaughter, Tabitha, is that my wife, a widow, was Mrs. Connor, a school teacher, before she married me, a widower.
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By Linda Self on November 24, 2014
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It was great and my class loved it!
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More About the Author

Christopher-Award winning author Margaret McNamara has written more than two dozen books for young readers, among them the popular Fairy Bell Sisters chapter books and the Robin Hill School series for early readers. Many of the ideas for her books come from her daughter's school days, or her own. Margaret and her family live in New York City, and spend as much time as they can during the summer in Maine.

"Margaret McNamara is a pen-name," says the author, whose real name is Brenda Bowen. "I write under the name Margaret McNamara because it was my maternal grandmother's name. The real Margaret grew up a very long time ago in County Clare in Ireland, and she was one of the few girls in her village who could read."

Margaret has just completed work on fifth and sixth Fairy Bell Sisters books (about Tinker Bell's Little Sisters); those two titles will release in summer and fall of 2014. Her most recent picture book is "The Apple Orchard Riddle," another book about the students in Mr. Tiffin's class, who first appeared in "How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin." Next up from Margaret is a new adventure set in Mr. Tiffin's class, "A Poem in Your Pocket," to be published on Poem in Your Pocket Day 2015. She is researching a picture book biography of Melville Dewey, inventor of the Dewey Decimal System.



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