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Little Brother Pumpkin Head
by Lucia Panzieri
Samanatha Enria, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 7 1/4 x 10 1/2 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823435371 | 07-30-2016

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: KINDERGARTEN | Age: 3 to 7

Themes: Family & Relationships, Humor, Preschool
Recommendations: K, SLJ, C*

CCSS Codes:
W.2.1, 3, 5, 6, 8
SL.2.1, 1b, 1c, 2, 3, 4, 6
RF.2.3, 4, 4a, 4c
L.2.2, 2a, 2c, 4, 4a, 4c, 4d, 5, 5a, 5b
RL.2.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10

About the Book

A boy has a little brother on the way. His mother is eating much pumpkin—pumpkin soup, pumpkin dumplings, pumpkin ravioli and pumpkin pie. At first the boy is happy to think that this pumpkin diet will give his new baby brother red hair, which the boy is very fond of. Then the boy has a nightmare where his brother has a pumpkin head with nothing inside but seeds and pulp!

So the boy devises a rescue plan—to fill his brother's head with the names of plants and animals and important people, to tell the baby stories and teach him important things.


★"The narration is funny in its sweet and authentic earnestness, and the book enhances the story with telling details and genuine tenderness . . . [a] warm and tasty tale."—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Why does the main character call his baby brother-to-be Pumpkin Head? Write an explanation using evidence from the book. RL.2-3.1, 2/W.2-3.2

2. What is the central message or theme of the story? Find evidence from the book. RL.2-3.2

3. Write a story about what kind of big brother the boy will be? What can you learn from the boy? W.2-3.1

4. What information did you learn from the illustrations in the story about the characters, setting and events? RL.2-3.7