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The Pumpkin Fair by Eve Bunting
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The Pumpkin Fair

by Eve Bunting

Other authors: Eileen Christelow (Illustrator)

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"The Pumpkin Fair" is a cute story about a little girl who spends the day at a fair that celebrates nothing but pumpkins. There is everything from pumpkin juggling to a pumpkin parade even pumpkin bowling. The whole time at the fair, the girl is carrying around her own special pumpkin that she grew herself. Her's isn't the biggest nor the smallest and has a lot of shiny dots on it, but she still thought her pumpkin was special even when someone made fun of it. At the end of the day when the Pumpkin Master was announcing awards she did not expect her name to be called but it was. She won for having "The best loved pumpkin at the fair, the best loved pumpkin anywhere!" The theme of this story is to take pride in what you've accomplished no matter who or what tries to bring you down. This would be a great story for young students not only for the moral tied with it but also for its whimsical rhymes such as "Toss a pumpkin through the net, oops! A pumpkin omelette." ( )
  akrause | Sep 25, 2012 |
How many children love Halloween? They get to dress up and go door to door asking for candy! This book takes children to a pumpkin fair and shows them all sorts of cool things. Children get to see pumpkins with long stems and warts! There are contests going on and even a walking pumpkin named, Peter, who greets everyone. Help your child learn about what the season of Fall brings, Halloween and giving thanks. This text helps children understand that it is ok to celebrate a holiday with other children, since there is always a form of diversity lingering around. In this book's case; however, all of the pumpkins were mentioned in diverse ways because some were small, some were fat, some were tall, and some were bats. This story helps children look at another side to Halloween; the pumpkin's side! Children will enjoy all aspects of Halloween from picking out and decorating their pumpkins to dressing up for the night to hunt down candy. ( )
  klsulliv | Oct 24, 2011 |
If you are using a Fall or Halloween unit, this is the perfect book to read to your class without spooking them. In this tale, a little girl and her family go to a pumpkin farm where they experience all kinds of stuff including pumpkin seed spitting, pumpkin juggling, and pumpkin bowling. With the beautiful watercolor paintings, your students will love the pages and the rhymes that come along with this great book. This website includes some great ideas to use with your class along with this book: http://readtogethertoday.com/reviews/rev0395700604.html ( )
  mlmcallister | Oct 19, 2009 |
This book is a good example of a realistic fiction because the actions in the story can depict a real life setting. The reader can imagine actually attending the pumpkin fair and imagine going through the same actions the girl did in the book. Age appropriate: primary. Media: watercolor. ( )
  sghods05 | Oct 27, 2008 |
I thought this was a great little book about pumpkins and festivals and the underdog winning the contest. When I first picked this book up, I groaned a little at the thought of having to read through all the pages to my daughter, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was a quick read with an easy cadence. My daughter and I both enjoyed this book. ( )
  crashingwaves38 | Oct 1, 2008 |
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“A bouncy rhyme and delightful artwork bring this pumpkin fair to life. The young narrator is ecstatic to be at the local pumpkin fair, where pumpkins of every size are on display—and that’s not all! There’s pumpkin bowling, a pumpkin pull, and every sort of food you can imagine made from the orange stuff, from ice cream to stew. . . . Christelow’s good-natured watercolor-and-ink illustrations are filled with things to look at and laugh about, including a marching band in pumpkin suits. Keep this book around to read for autumn story hours—but you might want a piece of pumpkin pie when you’re done.”—ALA Booklist

“Christelow’s jubilant illustrations in watercolor and pen and ink add to the general atmosphere of gaiety—everywhere readers look, families are interacting happily and having fun. . . . Halloween is never mentioned, so the book could be used to celebrate the harvest season in general. Of course, it will also serve as a good non-scary Halloween story.”—School Library Journal

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A rather ordinary pumpkin wins a prize for "the best-loved pumpkin at the fair, the best-loved pumpkin anywhere."

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