- Grade Level: 1 - 2
- Board book: 18 pages
- Publisher: Zonderkidz; Brdbk edition (August 2, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031075819X
- ISBN-13: 978-0310758198
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,064,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pumpkin Patch Blessings Board book – August 2, 2016
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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.
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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.
“Pumpkin Patch Blessings” is an adorable board book for young children. The author, Kim Washburn, has written a poem that reminds us of the blessings that God has given us in the fall season.
All to often we take the world around us for granted. We fail to notice the crunch of the leaves beneath our feet or the bright orange of a perfect pumpkin laying in the field. “Pumpkin Patch Blessings” is a gentle reminder to look around us and enjoy everything that God has given us.
The illustrator, Jacqueline East, uses warm fall colours to help set the stage for a cozy fall poem. Each image is a beautiful fall scene that will capture the imagination of every child.
My son loved the pages where they talked about a wagon ride. He immediately remembered his last birthday party and how we had gone on a wagon ride with his classmates. We talked about how friends are blessings from God and how we need to remember to treat them special every single day.
My daughter’s favourite part was when they children in the story were picking out the pumpkins. She recalled her trip to the pumpkin patch with her friends and all the excitement she had finding the perfect pumpkin for her Jack O’Lantern. We talked about how each pumpkin may not be perfect in our eyes, but to God each one is perfect. She remembered how each of her friends picked up a different shaped pumpkin to make their own “perfect” Jack O’Lantern.
The story is perfect for young children, perhaps in the toddler to Kindergarten age range. My daughter enjoyed the story but felt that the story was a little “babyish” for her, “after all mom, I’m 6 and a half now!”
“Pumpkin Patch Blessings” would be a beautiful story to share with little ones as we enter this fall season.
*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “Pumpkin Patch Blessings” from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.
My kids share the same love of the season and all the activities that go with it. One of my favorite things to do that always turn out the best pictures is a visit to the pumpkin patch! This year at almost three years old will probably be the first year Jax really appreciates all the sites and sounds!
In preparation we have been reading Pumpkin Patch Blessings. This board book is just perfect for toddlers. It's a board book with a sculpted edge that ties in perfectly with the adorable cover featuring pumpkins and adorable little bunnies.
The book is very rhythmic and lyrical with a rhyming format of four line each. This style of writing is very catchy which makes it great for the little ones just learning to talk and trying out their new words. Jax loves to repeat things he learns and use them as often as possible. After just a few reads he was starting to repeat the ending phrases because he learned to recognize what was coming through their rhymes.
The illustrations are adorable and very reminiscent of my own childhood. It's not as cartoony as I initially expected and the images are very realistic with their content.
The activities at the pumpkin patch are very similar to the one we visit including the roasting corn, hayride and of course picking out a pumpkin!
Pumpkin Patch Blessings is a great introduction to the Pumpkin Patch and teaches kids to appreciate every little blessing the season brings.
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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