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Pumpkins Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-06-27 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 4 user ratings
ISBN:1570915571
LANGUAGE:English

" Great nonfiction book about pumpkins - lots of facts, history, and information. Love it! " said.

" Talks about the process of the growth of pumpkins, kinds of pumpkins, history of pumpkins, and uses of pumpkins. " said.

" This book introduces the pumpkin plant, including its anatomy, growth cycle, and historical importance. " said.

" Good read to find out little known facts about pumpkins. I wasn't aware of many of the facts in this book and my 2nd graders were as interested in them as I was. It is a bit long for a read aloud for the younger kids. " said.

" Pumpkins by Jacqueline Farmer has bright, colorful illustrations and tons of interesting and surprising facts about pumpkins, halloween, and Halloween.Used for "Fall for Pumpkins" storytime-October, 2009. " said.

" Pumpkins cover everything pumpkin. Types of pumpkins, how people throughout history used pumpkins, how pumpkins are grown, traditions using pumpkins and lastly how we use pumpkins during the fall make this book one that covers a great deal of information. The illustrations are informational as well. At the back of the book there are sections for how pumpkin is said in other languages, interesting facts about pumpkins and other places where a student could find more information on pumpkins. This would be a great book for a student to do a report or project from. It has it all, and would give beginning writers a on stop shop for doing research. " said.

"This book is full of facts about pumpkins, but there is a lot going on and it isn't very cohesive. The book is part informational text about pumpkins themselves, part historical fiction about the importance of pumpkins and how our Halloween traditions came about, plus it has recipes, directions on how to carve a Jack-o-Lantern, a glossary of the word pumpkin in multiple languages, a list of Guinness-type record setting pumpkins, and a page of websites and reference books. It is kind of all over the place, but did provide good general information about pumpkins.

The watercolor and pencil drawings are bright and clear, showcasing the pumpkins well. However, the illustrations, by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes, are what concerns me. This book has a lot of text and would be more appropriate for older elementary readers, but the illustrations show very young children doing all of the tasks. Also, it has a stereotypical portrayal of an American Indian girl that I didn't like.
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"“Pumpkins” by Jacqueline Farmer and Phyllis Limbacher Tildes as the illustrator is an informational text about pumpkins. It also includes historical facts, which make this book an additional source when teaching Social Studies. I recommend this book to upper elementary grade levels. However, a teacher can modify the lesson when using this book for the lower grades. With all the information in this book, students will become pumpkin experts by the end of the last page!

This book will take students back 11,000 years to Latin America when the people of Peru and Mexico ate them and made beautiful pumpkin-shaped pottery. Also, they will learn about the year 1620 when the pilgrims landed the Mayflower in what is now Massachusetts. In addition, this book contains information about how the Native Americans planted and cultivated pumpkin seeds for food and taught the pilgrims to do the same. A few things I have learned from this text is that a pumpkin is a fruit and not a vegetable, and some can weigh more than my family! Also, there are many types of pumpkins like the Connecticut Field, sweet Small Sugar, the Jack-Be-Little and the Atlantic Giant.

This book includes the best way to grow, farm, store them, and how to roast the seeds, make bread and pies. At the end of the book, you can find easy recipes to follow and fun facts like how to say “pumpkin” in different languages. Moreover, students can learn how to carve their own jack o lanterns for Halloween! Teachers will find this book helpful for an autumn season teaching theme. Students can learn about many topics, such as harvest time, the Mayflower and pilgrims, Native Americans, traditional American holidays, like Thanksgiving and Halloween. I like this book because it is very informative and it is an excellent source for making learning fun and engaging.
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