________________ CM . . . . Volume XIII Number 7 . . . . November 24, 2006

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A Day at the Pumpkin Patch.

Megan Faulkner. Photographs by Adam Krawesky.
Toronto, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2006.
30 pp., pbk., $6.99.
ISBN 0-439-94667-0.

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Pumpkin - Juvenile fiction.

Grades 1-5 / Ages 6-10.

Review by Wendy Williams.

**** /4

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Often weighing in at over four hundred kilograms, these giants are grown for competition at pumpkin festivals and country fairs. Since giant pumpkins are about 90 percent water, they aren't good for eating, but they make great Jack-0-lanterns - and boats!

 

A Day at the Pumpkin Patch is an absolutely gorgeous book - everything is bright and breezy, from the engaging cover to the pumpkin coloured pages. The excellent photos follow a group of children who are visiting a farm and enjoying the pumpkin patch. The text is informative and straightforward without being preachy and provides a nice balance between text and photos.

     In addition to the good information on pumpkins, very timely for Halloween, guidance is given for carving pumpkins and roasting pumpkin seeds. A brief history of these gorgeous vine plants is also provided. I did not know that pumpkins could be "pale green, white, terracotta, pale yellow, dark green and even blue!"

     By the way, those beautiful but strange gourds, which make such beautiful displays at Thanksgiving and during Halloween, are also members of the squash family. My favourite picture is of the giant pumpkin being rowed as a boat.

     I thoroughly recommend this slim but excellent book which, in as well as being a fine addition to a school library, would make a great gift to an eager little ghost on Halloween. I know I am looking forward to showing this book off to my students.

Highly Recommended.

Wendy Williams is a teacher-librarian in Calgary, AB.

 

 

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