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Pumpkin Patch Blessings Board book – August 2, 2016
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About the Author
Kim Washburn has been writing for children for more than ten years. While working at Focus on the Family, two of her original stories were recognized by the Evangelical Press Association, including first place in the fiction category. Her nonfiction books for young readers have reached a wide audience―including Breaking Through by Grace: The Bono Story and Defender of Faith: The Mike Fisher Story.
Jacqueline has been illustrating children's books for many years. She has worked above a chocolate factory, from a caravan by the sea, and now works from home near a city farm with her faithful dog curled up near her feet. She has illustrated books that have been published across the globe, and when asked what her inspiration is, she says, "everything!"
Top customer reviews
With a rhythmic flow of words, the little ones love listening to the book when parents read to them, my daughter who just started reading loves to try and read out this book.
The illustrations are very cute and match the written text on each page, the color used on the illustrations resembles colors of fall, which sadly we do not get to see much here in Southern California.
I love reading this book to my daughter, she will be 3 soon and is very curious about weather and everything she lays eyes on. Paragraphs like
"God's creation is calling.
Let's go find more treasure!
Pumpkin patch blessings-
Oh, what a pleasure!"
gives me o this gives me a perfect reason to explain to her about God's creation and various blessings in life.
This book is a board book with 9 pages including the front and the last cover. The book does not have a padded front cover, the pages/ boards are a little thinner as well, so it tends to bend a little if kids press on them too much. But at our home, we do not mind that, as long as there are no sharp edges, the story is nice and my daughter loves it we are all happy.
DISCLAIMER: I received a copy from the publishers in return for my honest and unbiased review. I received no other compensation for my review and was not required or bound to provide my review or any specific rating. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
~ What ~
At eighteen pages, this cut-out board book with a front cover that has shiny green writing and matching accents targets children ages four to eight years old. With no scary scenes, it is a nice story about going to a pumpkin patch.
Written with some complicated wording, this short book with four lines of rhyming on every page is about the wonders and fun of a pumpkin patch visit during the Fall. Bright, colorful, and expressive pictures cover both sides of the pages with the black easy-to-read font written innocuously within the illustration.
In this story, a little boy and girl with their dog follow down a path to the pumpkin patch where they eat roasted corn. After seeing a scarecrow tower over a field of pumpkins, the two go on a hay ride and chose their favorite pumpkins. At home, they eat pumpkin pie and carve pumpkins, thankful for having a blessed day.
Our out-of-state three-year-old granddaughter loves a bedtime story when she visits, and this one she can understand although it is for older children. I like the illustrator’s depiction of the fun going to the pumpkin patch. While a young one is being read out loud the story, there is plenty of action in the artworks.
~ Why Not ~
Advanced readers may find the book sophomoric and childish. I think it targets the three- to six-year-old beginner reader more accurately. Some may not like the repetition of one of the rhymes, but it is not too obvious.
~ Who ~
Writing for children for the past ten years, Washburn writes both fiction and non-fiction and has won an award. Illustrator East has been creating for several years and illustrates books that have been published around the world.
~ Wish ~
Not approving of Halloween and its satanic history, I wish the two carved jack-o-lanterns were not depicted.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a cute book about pumpkin patches and the fun they provide, this will make a perfect gift for a young one for the upcoming Fall season.
Thanks to Z-Blog Squad for furnishing this complimentary book to read and review.
Soft lines and colors fill this fourteen-page, board book. Children will take delight scouring the pages for illustrations of God’s creations—plants, animals, and people. On most pages, there is a dog and a bunny. Children will enjoy searching for them throughout the book.
The story centers around two children visiting a pumpkin farm. Through the story, readers” hear” the crunch of the leaves, “smell and taste” roasted corn on the cob, and “feel” the multi-textures of pumpkins. The rhyming verses recount many more sensory experiences before ending with pumpkin pies at home.
One feature of the book I especially liked was including more than one ethnic group in the book. One thing to note is the inclusion of two jack-o-lanterns on the last page. Nothing in the book mentions, or alludes to, Halloween or jack-o-lanterns. In fact, the whole book focuses on God’s creation. Nonetheless, two small jack-o-lanterns nestle in among the rest on the last page.
Overall, children will enjoy this beautiful book. The rich vocabulary makes it a wonderful book for ages 4-6. The durable design and colorful illustrations provide an entertaining book for younger children as well.
The book is 18 pages long. Each page includes four verses, in which the second and fourth lines rhyme. (The third page charmingly reads, “This time of year, the trees are so bold, exploding with colors, red, orange, and gold.”) The book is published by Zonderkidz and makes a couple of nice references to God’s creation. (i.e. “God’s creation is calling. Let’s go find some treasure!”) Pumpkin Patch Blessings exudes a heartwarming feel. The book even cheerfully ends [spoiler alert!] with the two children at home, having carved Jack O’Lanterns, ready to eat pumpkin pie.
*I received this book for review*
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