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PreSchool-Grade 1 Moulton and Good team up for a tender autumn story, written in well-turned prose. Peter has been taking special care of a lonely little pumpkin on his grandparents' farm. When bookish Meg, a fan of The Secret Garden, moves in next door, he befriends her and they share the very best pumpkin. The gentle story is complemented by glowing, folksy illustrations rendered in watercolors and artfully enhanced with instant coffee and bleach. The simply drawn, wide-eyed characters country setting and warm palette echo Joan Walsh Anglund's and Mary Englebreit's cozy worlds. A final page, Peter's Guide to Growing Your Own Very Best Pumpkin, is a welcome extension for at-home gardeners. Amy Rowland, Shelter Rock Elementary School, Manhasset, NY
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While working on his grandparents’ farm, Peter discovers a long vine, follows it as it winds away from the patch, and finds a small pumpkin all alone in a meadow. Surrounded by weeds, the pumpkin becomes Peter’s special project, and he spends so much attention on it he doesn’t notice the arrival of the new neighbors and their shy daughter, Meg. Meg watches Peter as he tends the lone pumpkin and is delighted when, after it’s grown big and plump, he gives it to her, admitting he knows she has been there all along. The following season, Meg joins Peter, and they tend the pumpkins together. The illustrations, rendered in watercolors mottled by instant coffee and bleach, are full of life and happy moments. The iconic symbols of the season—falling leaves, acorns, ripe apples—help provide an idyllic autumnal setting for the appealing friendship story. Children will also learn a lot about growing pumpkins along the way. Preschool-Grade 2. --Linda Perkins
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I read this story to my PreK class and they were unimpressed with it as well. It won't be on my normal book rotation for next year.