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Pumpkins from the Sky?: A Cobtown Story [Hardcover]

Julia Van Nutt , Robert Van Nutt
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Sept. 7 1999 Cobtown
The year: 1845. The place: Cobtown, USA. The writer: ten-year-old Lucky Hart, whose vivid diary entries evoke the special place she calls home and the many colorful and endearing folks who share her daily joys, her adventures, her traditions and her boundless American spirit.

It's three days before the Cobtown Harvest Festival, and Lucky Hart's aunt Heddy Peggler can't get to her pumpkin patch. A fallen tree is blocking the entrance. Without Aunt Heddy's pumpkins, the big event won't include the annual Pie-Eating Contest, nor will there be any Pumpkin Race. Everyone is disappointed and Aunt Heddy's spirit remains low-at least until the pumpkins miraculously appear in her back yard. There's no time to lose, and no time to ask questions. But how did the pumpkins get there? Only Oinkey, Heddy's pet pig knows for sure!

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-Ten-year-old Lucky Hart's diary entries record the preparations and excitement in the days leading up to the 1845 Cobtown Harvest Festival. A frightful storm has blown down Aunt Heddy's old elm tree and made her pumpkin patch inaccessible. The elderly woman is in a panic because she has promised to bake pies for the pie-eating contest and to supply pumpkins for the pumpkin race. Then, magically, Heddy opens her back door on the morning of the festival and finds pumpkins piled up all over the backyard. How did they get there? Professor McGinty raises the theory that they rained down from the sky. The lovely illustrations lend a distinct autumnal atmosphere to the story and set readers firmly in the country. The text is easily understandable and can be enjoyed by a wide audience. A warmhearted and festive selection to be enjoyed throughout the year.
John A. Clexton, Detroit Public Library, MI
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Julia and Robert Van Nutt have been working together for twenty-five years. During this time, they have worked on numerous design jobs, from freelancing for The New York Times to working on sets and costumes for a Broadway play. In the last ten years, they have designed eight children’s books and six animated videos that were shown on national television.


The Van Nutts use history to guide them as they write and illustrate their Cobtown stories. With an amazing cast of characters and an in-depth study of everyday life in the 1840s, these stories–inspired by a hobby of collecting electric trains–take place in the village of Cobtown.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Pumpkins From the Sky? June 19 2001
The town festival is coming up and a fallen tree is blocking the pumpkin patch. How will they ever get the pumpkins out in time for the fun and games???? This is the problem presented in Pumpkins From the Sky. I enjoyed this book since it is written as journal entries, a form of writing I can introduce to my students using this book. I can also use this as an educator to work on prediction skills. How DID those pumpkins get out of the patch to Granny's door the night before the festival? Children will love to try to solve the mystery and they will love the surprise conclusion to this wonderfully illustrated book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pumpkins From the Sky? June 19 2001
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The town festival is coming up and a fallen tree is blocking the pumpkin patch. How will they ever get the pumpkins out in time for the fun and games???? This is the problem presented in Pumpkins From the Sky. I enjoyed this book since it is written as journal entries, a form of writing I can introduce to my students using this book. I can also use this as an educator to work on prediction skills. How DID those pumpkins get out of the patch to Granny's door the night before the festival? Children will love to try to solve the mystery and they will love the surprise conclusion to this wonderfully illustrated book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars My Kids Got Bored Nov. 8 2005
By professor@nebula.com - Published on Amazon.com
There are pleanty of other books that your children will love before this one. I am supposing because this book is derivitive of all those books.

If you want a great series, original and exciting for kids, check out "The Mystery of the Pirate Ghost."
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