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Pumpkin Day! by Candice Ransom

Pumpkin Day!

by Candice Ransom, Erika Meza (Illustrator)

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Candice Ransom's picture book for beginning readers, PUMPKIN DAY, is a short story about a little boy and his family as they take a trip to a pumpkin patch. This is a good seasonal book for fall or halloween, although I would not consider it multicultural. The illustrations are cute and colorful, and depict an African American family. I think this would be a cute story to use during the fall season with students who are learning to read. It would be fun to take a class field trip to a pumpkin patch, especially if students have not done so before. They could each pick out a small pumpkin and design how they want their jack-o-lantern to look. Then I and other adults could cut out the shapes and allow the students to empty out all of the pumpkin seeds. ( )
  mmiller28 | Nov 21, 2015 |
Pumpkin day is not considered a multicultural book. I would consider it a holiday book for younger elementary students K-2.. It is a poem of a family picking out a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch. The difference with this book is that the illustrations display a dark skinned family. The family is not overcoming anything they are simply picking out a pumpkin, as i did when i was a child. The illustrations are done in what looks to be colored pencil. This would be a good classroom book near the Halloween season. ( )
  JTansom | Nov 8, 2015 |
This is an early readers picture book that is all about fall. It has simple words that describe a young boy and his family getting ready for Halloween by picking out and carving pumpkins. This is a good fall themed book that teachers could use in a lower level grade to start the season. They could discuss if they've ever visited a pumpkin patch or carved a pumpkin before. The illustrations are cute paintings with a good amount of detail. ( )
  cpaavola | Nov 3, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553513419, Paperback)

In this Step 1 Step into Reading early reader, a boy and his family visit a pumpkin patch to pick out perfect autumn gourds—just in time for Halloween! Buoyant rhymes and joyful art evoke the excitement of the season.
Step 1 Readers feature big type and easy words for children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading. Rhyme and rhythmic text paired with picture clues help children decode the story.

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