- Age Range: 3 - 5 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
- Lexile Measure: 570 (What's this?)
- Paperback: 40 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (August 14, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0142411450
- ISBN-13: 978-0142411452
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ugly Pumpkin Paperback – August 14, 2008
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Kindergarten-Grade 2–In this story that echoes Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling, a very odd-looking pumpkin encounters harsh rejections, mainly from creatures associated with Halloween. The book contains an inventive, amusing, and surprising compilation of words and illustrations. The minimal text is rhymed, sometimes settling comfortably into a quiet corner of the riotously colorful illustrations and occasionally entering into the vivid tableau. Some children might find the wild depictions of skeletons and the creepy sneers of gnarled trees alarming, but the bright colors, bouncy rhymes, and engaging pumpkin (that turns out to be something else altogether) combine to make this a charming book on the whole, with a happy and surprising ending.–Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
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For the most part, the text is clear and easy to read. The illustrations have enough going on in them that I can point out different things, without being overwhelming with needless details.
My own 2 year old daughter loves this story, she had it completely memorized within a couple readings. It's one of the books that sees a lot of use, she loves "reading" it to her stuffed animals.
Overall a very good purchase, well worth the money we spent on it.
It's a great way to talk about how being different is ok. Keep looking for friends that make you feel like you belong.
The story of "an ugly pumpkin" there is a definite message about popularity (and the hazing that comes with rejection) and the patience it takes to find your own place in the world. But none of the ideas are stated overtly, or drawn with a heavy hand.
It's a fun, funny and charming tale that has become a classic in our house. Cleverly written, and drawn, my son has this one memorized, though he still likes us to read it together.
Wonderful children's book that I highly recommend!
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