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The Very Best Pumpkin Hardcover – August 3, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 980L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416982884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416982883
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1 Moulton and Good team up for a tender autumn story, written in well-turned prose. Peter has been taking special care of a lonely little pumpkin on his grandparents' farm. When bookish Meg, a fan of The Secret Garden, moves in next door, he befriends her and they share the very best pumpkin. The gentle story is complemented by glowing, folksy illustrations rendered in watercolors and artfully enhanced with instant coffee and bleach. The simply drawn, wide-eyed characters country setting and warm palette echo Joan Walsh Anglund's and Mary Englebreit's cozy worlds. A final page, Peter's Guide to Growing Your Own Very Best Pumpkin, is a welcome extension for at-home gardeners. Amy Rowland, Shelter Rock Elementary School, Manhasset, NY
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While working on his grandparents’ farm, Peter discovers a long vine, follows it as it winds away from the patch, and finds a small pumpkin all alone in a meadow. Surrounded by weeds, the pumpkin becomes Peter’s special project, and he spends so much attention on it he doesn’t notice the arrival of the new neighbors and their shy daughter, Meg. Meg watches Peter as he tends the lone pumpkin and is delighted when, after it’s grown big and plump, he gives it to her, admitting he knows she has been there all along. The following season, Meg joins Peter, and they tend the pumpkins together. The illustrations, rendered in watercolors mottled by instant coffee and bleach, are full of life and happy moments. The iconic symbols of the season—falling leaves, acorns, ripe apples—help provide an idyllic autumnal setting for the appealing friendship story. Children will also learn a lot about growing pumpkins along the way. Preschool-Grade 2. --Linda Perkins

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One cannot have too many sweet stories!
John A. Hayes
The text by Mark Kimball Moulton is complemented by the lovely illustrations by Karen Hillard Good.
Z Hayes
The guide at the end of the book is a great way for a family to share a fall activity.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Library Lady on September 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book for our church library as the children like to read a colorful and easy to follow book for the Autumn season. The illustrations are fantastic and the story line is very engaging and easy for children to follow. This is a great family night read for all to enjoy. The book is currently on display on my desk for all to be easily attracted to the colorful book. The guide at the end of the book is a great way for a family to share a fall activity. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Since it's fall, my daughter and I have been looking for books that that are fall-themed. "The Very Best Pumpkin" is a lovely story about a young boy Peter who lives with his grandparents, Mimi and Papa on their farm. As Peter tends the pumpkins on the farm, he finds a teeny pumpkin and feels sorry for it since it's located further away from the other pumpkins, and thinks it is lonely. The pumpkin itself looks all forlorn by itself not to mention its puny size. This does not put Peter off and he is determined to cultivate the pumpkin just like the rest of the pumpkin crop. Little does Peter know that his shy new young neighbor, Meg, has spotted Peter's pumpkin and watches as he tends it gently and lovingly until the little pumpkin grows and grows.

This is a sweet little story about patience, love, and friendship. It is also a story about the cycle of life as the pumpkins are cultivated, harvested, and the seeds sown to see the cycle repeat itself. The text by Mark Kimball Moulton is complemented by the lovely illustrations by Karen Hillard Good. The illustrations are in lush fall colors, and the pages with their muted colors and 'stained' effect lend this book a vintage look. A perfect fall read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Madigan McGillicuddy on October 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a sweet, simple tale of a boy named Peter who spends the year carefully tending a runt of a pumpkin, until, by fall, his efforts are rewarded with a beautiful specimen of pumpkin. He generously gives the pumpkin as a gift to the shy girl next door, Meg, an act which seals their friendship. I enjoyed the illustration of her, hiding behind a book, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

The ink and watercolor art is aged with coffee stains, and the deliberate curlicues throughout lend a country-kitchen feel to this feel-good fall story. The art reminded me very strongly of Mary Englebreit with just a touch of Tomie DePaola. Full-color spreads are occasionally punctuated with illustrated borders featuring ladybugs, roses, bees and oak leaves.

There is an addendum in the back, with advice for growing your own pumpkin. Families who are looking for a seasonally appropriate, yet totally not-at-all-scary story for Halloween will be very pleased with this offering.
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Format: Hardcover
This was a really cute book about a boy tending to a special pumpkin and the friend he shares it with. The illustrations are really cute and country-ish. A heart warming little tale
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