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The Pumpkin Patch Parable: Special Edition (Parable Series) Hardcover – September 5, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Series: Parable Series
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Anniversary edition (September 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400308461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400308460
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 8.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Liz Curtis Higgs is an award-winning speaker as well as the author of twenty-eight books, including Bad Girls of the Bible and Thorn in My Heart.  Her Parable Series for children has been awarded the ECPA Gold Medallion for Excellence. 

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Imagine a heartwarming Bible study wrapped inside a beautiful gift book: that's The Women of Christmas. the latest release from Liz Curtis Higgs. Verse by verse, Liz unpacks the biblical stories of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, who each welcome the Christ child into the world in a marvelous and miraculous way.

Liz admits, "My goal is simple: to help women embrace the grace of God with joy and abandon!"

In her best-selling series of Bad Girls of the Bible books and videos, Liz breathes new life into ancient tales about the most infamous--and intriguing--women in scriptural history, from Jezebel to Mary Magdalene. Biblically sound and cutting-edge fresh, these popular titles have helped more than one million women around the world experience God's grace anew.

And, in The Girl's Still Got It, Liz offers a twenty-first century take on the book of Ruth, dishing out meat and milk, substance and style, in a highly readable, always entertaining, and deeply personal journey.

Liz's award-winning historical novels, which transport the stories of Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Dinah, Ruth, and Naomi to eighteenth-century Scotland, also invite readers to view these familiar biblical characters in a new light.

According to Publishers Weekly, "Higgs is a stickler for period authenticity." To that end, Liz has traveled sixteen times to Scotland, the setting for her novels, and has filled her shelves with nearly one thousand resource books about Scottish history and culture.

Also a gifted professional speaker, Liz has presented more than 1,700 inspirational programs for audiences in all fifty United States and fourteen foreign countries. When the National Speakers Association honored her with the Council of Peers Award for Excellence, Liz became one of only 35 women in the world named to their CPAE-Speaker Hall of Fame.

On the personal side, Liz is married to Bill Higgs, Ph.D., who serves as Director of Operations for her speaking and writing office. Liz and Bill enjoy their old Kentucky home, a nineteenth-century farmhouse in Louisville, and are the proud (and relieved) parents of two college grads.

"I have three abiding passions: encouraging my sisters in Christ, exploring the stories of women in the Bible, and writing novels set in Scotland of old. When I'm not traveling, speaking, or spinning a story, I connect with readers online, take copious photos, read historical novels, watch period films, and immerse myself in research--the more books, the merrier. I'm a lame housekeeper, a marginal cook, and a mediocre gardener, but home is still my favorite place to land."

Visit Liz's Web site: http://www.LizCurtisHiggs.com

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I teach Children's Church at our church and the kids love this book!
M. Taylor
An enduring story for harvest time, the Pumpkin Patch Parable is tenderly told by master storyteller, Liz Curtis Higgs and beautifully illustrated by Nancy Munger.
Lynn McCallum
We purchased this book for our 3 year old son for Christmas, and he LOVES it.
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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By K. Bennett on June 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is the perfect book for bringing a Christian perspective to the celebration of Halloween! Liz Curtis Higgs tells the story of the Farmer, who plants a garden bearing all kinds of vegetables. His favorite vegetable is the pumpkin, which grows in all different sizes and shapes. When it's harvest time, the Farmer carefully picks the pumpkin, scoops out the slimy pulp, carves a face, and places a light inside.
The story ends by telling how God is the Farmer, and we are just like those pumpkins, chosen by Him, made clean and given His light. For older readers, this similarity is reinforced by appropriate Bible verses on the bottom of each page.
I use this book every year just before Halloween in my third grade Sunday School class. My students are just learning to use their Bibles, so I start by having the kids look up some of the verses before we read the story. Those verses that seemed dry and dusty before the story come alive when we read about the Farmer. I also share this book with my own, younger kids, just before we carve jack-o'-lanterns. We remember the parable and its meaning every time we see one of those grinning pumpkins.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By BRTIVA on October 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a great story that can help people of all ages, even though geared to children, understand the message of the Gospel in a creative way. This doesn't have to be associated with the celebration of Halloween. I know that many people who profess to be Christians still like to celebrate Halloween and feel that this story helps to tie it to their faith. That shouldn't make this a bad book for those who don't think Halloween has a place in the lives of Christians. Putting a face on a pumpkin to do something fun during fall harvest is a spiritually neutral activity. It just doesn't have to be about Halloween. I am glad that people like Ms Higgs take the time to do something positive for this time of year--something that takes the focus OFF of Halloween.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a first grade teacher and a Sunday School teacher I was able to get double duty from my book! It let children know that the Halloween season need not be scary and it also helped my public school children to realize the time it takes to grow a pumpkin. I only wish the author would of had that nice farmer save the seeds to be planted the next year.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Are you looking for a great harvest book? Here it is! Noscary monters or evil themes here! The farmer cleans out the messinside the pumpkin and makes it shine for everyone to see. God does the same thing to us! A great way to celebrate the season so many Christians have a hard time with!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kasey Puckett on September 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautful story. This story teaches us how a farmer changes a pumpkin into a aweome sight just like Jesus changes us when we accpet his love. It was beauful illustrated with bible verses at the bottom of every page. I used this book when I taught Sunday School. My children love the pictures. This is a great book!!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is a wonderful book for children who do not celebrate Halloween. It has a Christian theme running throughout, but could be used without the verses as a great read-aloud book for any group of young children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By India Holt on November 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful book for children, I used this as part of a "children's church" lesson and all age groups loved it!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christine M. Irvin on December 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The Pumpkin Patch Parable is another book in the Parable Series. Even though the story is about pumpkins, it's not about Halloween, as the author points out in the introduction to the book: "Since the Lord Himself created pumpkins, it seemed appropriate to redeem this familiar symbol of the harvest season for his good purpose." The story is about a farmer who grows pumpkins. Each year he tends them and watches them grow. When the pumpkins are ready for harvest, he picks them and chooses one for a jack-o-lantern. The farmer turns the pumpkin into a beacon on his porch for all his neighbors to see and enjoy. Bible verses throughout the text illustrate how God wants us to shine our lights for all to see.

The story was different, and I liked that. The main character was the farmer, but I guess you could also count the pumpkin as a character. The story wasn't written with children as the main characters, but any child who is familiar with pumpkins will enjoy the story. And, the illustrations throughout the book are as bright and colorful as those on the cover.

Christine M. Irvin - Christian Children's Book Review
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