By Wendell Minor
Published by Nancy Paulson Books, 2013
Themes: pumpkins, monuments, USA history,
At the pumkin farm, we pick the perfect pumpkin. Some are little, some are big, and some are GIANT-sized.
This is a festive fall concept book for preschoolers. This is a celebratory and creative book about the pumpkin its folkloric evolution and its potential! Giant pumpkins have become the norm at country fairs. Who knew? I certainly didn’t, that the latest trend is to carve out this giant gourds into racing boats to be paddled across country ponds! But Wendell Minor doesn’t want the reader to be limited by present uses of the humble pumpkin, he exhorts children to stretch their imaginations and come up, along with Wendell, with some humungous ideas for ginormous pumpkins set in famous locations across the United States. A bulbous pumpkin lantern competes with a Carolina lighthouse. A jumbo cowboy pumpkin sprouts up amongst the Texan oil wells. The pumpkin grows bigger and bigger with each page until, well, you’ll need to buy the book to see!
Why I like this book:
This lends itself naturally to an art activity where the children illustrate their own outsized pumpkin in some local or distant location!
See how many synonyms for big the class/child can come up with.
I personally would love to visit a New England Pumpkin Regatta. Anyone who does, please post photos for us!
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