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The pumpkin patch
King, Elizabeth, 1953-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, [1990]

Physical Description:
37 unnumbered pages ; 24 cm
Text and photographs describe the activities in a pumpkin patch, as pink-colored seeds become fat pumpkins, ready to be carved into jack-o'- lanterns.
Reading Level:
590 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.6 0.5 68589.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.3 2 Quiz: 20765.
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Material Type
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SB347 .K56 1990 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SB347 .K56 1990 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SB347 .K56 1990 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4-8. Just in time for elementary and preschool teachers seeking materials on fall in general and pumpkins in particular, here's a visually satisfying introduction to the subject. Using full-color pictures, King's photo essay shows a pumpkin farm in operation, from plowing to planting to picking, ending with children choosing their Halloween pumpkins. The accompanying text, while somewhat less satisfying than the artwork, explains what is happening in the illustrations. Similar in approach to Johnson's From Seed to Jack-o'-Lantern (OP), this work complements that library standby without replacing it. While the earlier book provides more botanical information in the text, its black-and-white photographs pale beside King's vivid shots of burgeoning plants, which clearly show the progression from flat seeds in the farmer's hands to plump pumpkins on the vines. Another good choice for the preschool set is Titherington's Pumpkin Pumpkin [BKL My 15 86], which is illustrated with drawings. King's book is more likely to have a wider audience, though, and should prove a handsome, useful addition to nonfiction shelves. ~--Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Color photographs of pumpkins at all stages of growth, of farmers planting them, and of children enjoying them are the strength of this beautiful book. King's sharp, well-framed and well-composed photos are sure to captivate pumpkin lovers of all ages. Her prose is clear, concise, and informative. At times, the words serve primarily as captions for the pictures, which are the main focus. Because it so clearly shows the plant growth cycle and relates to a popular holiday, this book is certain to be in demand by primary-grade teachers. Unfortunately, the pictures show a world in which mostly blonde, white children frolic in the pumpkin patch while the only dark-skinned persons shown are laboring in the fields. One wonders if this is a social statement or merely a reflection of the status quo where these photographs were taken (the San Fernando Valley) . A book for a younger audience than Hannah Johnson's more informative but less attractive From Seed to Jack-O'-Lantern (Lothrop, 1974; o.p.). --Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.