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Pumpkin Time! Hardcover – July 1, 2014
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PreS-Gr 1—Evy is up to something. Her distraction starts in the spring. She's so engrossed in her books and work that she overlooks the most unusual occurrences around her—cows parading in fancy hats, donkeys sailing across the sky, and sheep having a picnic. In summer, Evy doesn't notice the buckets literally falling from the sky or the animals playing badminton. In autumn, sweaters fall from above and animals stomp grapes. Page after page, the text asks, "What was Evy doing?" Attentive readers will pick up on the obvious clues, as the child is often depicted farming and researching pumpkins. In late autumn, all of the animals gather and Evy finally unveils her hard work: a huge pumpkin pie. The watercolor and ink illustrations feature abundant visual puns and incorporate pumpkins and jack-o'-lanterns into the scenes, and the endpapers feature fun facts and recipes.—Laura Hunter, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
"This just-right picture book for fall is filled with fun facts and quirky characters to help familiarize emergent readers with the season...an entertaining read-aloud for the whole classroom" - Booklist
" [A] kooky harvest-themed story... readers should appreciate seeing her finally enjoy the fruits of her labor." - Publishers Weekly
"Young readers will enjoy the question format, "What was Evy doing?" as they seek answers in the detailed watercolor illustrations. Recipes and pumpkin trivia are included in this "read-it-again" book." - Deseret News
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The end result is shown in gorgeous full illustrations that bring the whole story to a pleasing end. The author included a recipe in the back of the book for toasted pumpkin seeds, facts and trivia, and the answers to her question what was Evy doing?
This book is beautifully illustrated in bright bold colours all the way through. It's a fun story that pulls the reader in to notice all that's going on.
What we loved about it most was the absurdity of it. When the book stated raining buckets; it was literally raining buckets. When the chickens flew the coop like feather dusters in the wind, pigs dancing around a May pole. It was just a funny book with fun pics to go along with it.
Colorful, funny and mysteries, this book will have kids wondering what Evy was doing until the very last page when it is put to the interruption of the reader. Was Evy really just baking the biggest pie ever or was she just allowing the animals to be who they really are when no one is watching. The world will never know but the reader at least gets to see some silly animals and a very busy young farmer.
This book is an excellent on for primary readers. The story is simple and easy to read. The pictures and bright and colorful. There is a variety of animals in the story and it is a fun book for children. I highly recommend this book.