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From Publishers Weekly

A rabbit family visits a farm and learns how the gourd grows, discovers its different varieties and uncovers a bit of jack-o'-lantern history ("In olden times, they hollowed out potatoes and turnips and beets for lanterns") in Pumpkin Day! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. Her signature collage spreads starring bunny characters feature factoids and pumpkin jokes throughout-plus recipes.
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Kindergarten-Grade 2-One fall day, a rabbit family visits Pumpkin Hollow Farm to select pumpkins for cooking, decorating, and carving. Facts and riddles appear on signs scattered throughout the stand. Mrs. Bell, who works there, keeps pictures in her pocket that demonstrate how the gourds grow, and she shows them to the curious bunnies. Later, back at home, the family carves jack-o'-lanterns before enjoying a supper of "pumpkin muffins, toasted pumpkin seeds sprinkled on salad, and for dessert, pumpkin pie!" Recipes appear on lined, illustrated cards. The characters, created from cut-paper collages and placed on colorful backgrounds, are eye-catching and endearing. Children will love poring over the details and absorbing the information that has been expertly woven into the artwork. A superb blending of fiction and nonfiction.
Melinda Piehler, North Tonawanda Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: AD560L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (October 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076145327X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761453277
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By H. A Truett VINE VOICE on May 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
As I read this to my 3-year-old, I thought about how great it would be for a homeschooler. Not only is the art superb, but it includes so much about the history of the pumpkin, how they grow, the fact that they are berries, etc... And it does so without feeling textbookish. Heck, I learned a lot. LOL!
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Pumpkin Day! is fun introduction to pumpkins, with a good story plus pumpkin facts, jokes and even recipes for pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin muffins and toasted pumpkin seeds. I learned from the trivia that pumpkins are berries and that Maxima pumpkins are the largest fruit.

What I liked the most was the explanation of how pumpkins grow. Our food in the U.S. is often far-removed from the farm and children may only see it in grocery stores (or farmers' markets if they are lucky enough to have access to them). The bunny family visits Pumpkin Hollow Farm to select pumpkins for carving. The two younger bunnies learn about how pumpkin seeds are planted and sprout, requiring water, weeding, fertilizer & bug control in order to grow.

While the content rates a solid 4.5 stars, I am not a huge fan of the paper-cut art illustrations as they make the book seem slightly dated. I would have preferred more traditional illustration.

If you enjoy this book, you may want to check out The Valentine Express which is by the same author and about another family of bunnies. I will be giving copies of that to my godchildren next Valentine's Day.
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Pumpkin Day is a kinda cute book, which is indirectly about a family of rabbits who are just crazy about anything regarding pumpkins. The kids pine for pumpkin pancakes ... and anything else made of pumpkins. Recipes are included.

But the main point of the book is to share information about pumpkins.

Interspersed in this "half-story, half-encyclopedia article" are a melange of jokes and factoids. Some of these fall flat, like "whats a pumpkin's favorite game?: SQUASH!" due to the fact that my 5 year old doesn't know what a game of squash is. Perhaps we just aren't cultured enough.

I've read this book to my son three times now, and while the information was interesting the first time, subsequent readings are lackluster.

Overall I thought it was an amusing read for the fall season, but, somehow, I didn't catch the magic. Certainly this is a cool little book with cute artwork, but, its probably something you want to check out from the library instead of purchasing.
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Halloween is my favorite holiday and I have an abnormal obsession with pumpkins, so I'm a little picky about my pumpkin literature. You'll hear no complaints from me here, though, this picture book is a total winner! Not only is it extremely educational (you'll learn more about pumpkins here than anywhere) it's cute, uniquely illustrated, full of fun trivia and jokes, and - the coolest part - includes some awesome recipes for Pumpkin Pancakes, Pumpkin Muffins and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds!

This is a great way to kick off pumpkin season with the kiddos and cross-over into cooking lessons and botany interest. There will no doubt be demand to try out one of the recipes, so be prepared to try at least one if you're going to read this book. They all sound delicious, but I'm especially anxious to try my luck with those Pumpkin Pancakes!

OVERALL: One of the best autumn/Halloween/plant/cooking picture books I've ever read. It's educational, funny, cute, and interactive. Highly recommended!
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Written and illustrated by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, Pumpkin Day! is another charming addition to her collection of informational books featuring a bunny family. This book presents facts about pumpkins through the narrative frame of a bunny family celebrating “pumpkin day” by visiting a pumpkin farm.

In addition to vocabulary and diagrams, this book also offers neat touches like jokes and recipes (all featuring pumpkins, of course). The cut-paper collage illustrations are colorful and cute. The details in the images make them very engaging to look at. My wife, who is an elementary teacher, is looking forward to sharing this with her class in the fall.

Of course, the true test of children’s literature is the children-- and my kids love it. My eldest especially has enough experience with pumpkins to make connections between the book and her own prior knowledge. My younger children love the pictures and the bunny family, so this has been an enjoyable read-aloud for the entire family. It’s always a nice treat to find a book that can be both entertaining and informative.
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I might have said this story was good for young children, but the scientific bent and the large amount of text on most pages give me pause. I also don't like the typeface: Geometric seems perpetually bold. The author-illustrator is said to have used paper to create her artwork, though it looks for all the world like felt. I love bunnies, but it is difficult for paper cutout bunnies to show much in the way of emotion. The book design seems a tad too digital, in particular the glow effect for the title.

This is still a cute story, and no one can take issue with the positive family values. However, there are better bunny collage books (Bunny's First Snowflake), better bunny agriculture books (Bear and Bunny Grow Tomatoes), and better bunny Halloween books (You Don't Get a Carrot Unless You're a Bunny).

Three recipes included.
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