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by Gail Gibbons
Gail Gibbons, Illustrator

Paperback | 32 pages | | US$ 7.99
ISBN: 9780823416363 | 01-01-1999

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Ecology & Conservation, Science & Nature, Farming & Farm Life, Customs & Traditions, Halloween, Thanksgiving
Recommendations: A, AP, BL, CE, K, NS*, R, SLJ, WC

CCSS Codes:
K-3: RI.2, 6, 7

About the Book
Big, small, round tall—pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes. Here one learns the marvels of the growth cycle of these incredible plants—from flat seeds, to thick vines covered in golden flowers, to brilliant orange pumpkins! Gail Gibbons also relates the special role pumpkins played in the first Thanksgiving.

Simple and clear directions for drying seeds, planting and tending pumpkin patches, and carving funny or scary faces are included in the book along with a fascinating section—her signature page 32—on pumpkin facts and lore.

Also available in paperback.


♦ International Reading Association (IRA) IRA Teachers' Choice

♦ National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)-Children's Book Council (CBC)Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children


“Gail Gibbons has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children’s writer-illustrator."—The Washington Post

"Using bright artwork in her familiar style, Gibbons takes on a favorite fall subject . . . A good resource for educators, this also has plenty of kid appeal."—Booklist

"Bold, clear watercolor illustrations and a concise text work together to explain the planting, cultivating, and harvesting of pumpkins. . . . Gibbons succeeds once again at covering a topic in a useful way at just the right level for beginning readers."—School Library Journal

About the Illustrator
Gail Gibbons