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The Pumpkin Fair [Hardcover]

Eve Bunting , Eileen Christelow
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June 20 1997
"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 displayand 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 hoursbut 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 gaietyeverywhere 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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PreSchool-Grade 2. This story in rhyme celebrates a small town's "Pumpkin Fair," complete with a Pumpkin Princess and Peter Pumpkin Band. Everyone comes to carve pumpkins; bowl pumpkins; spit pumpkin seeds; juggle pumpkins; make pumpkin creatures; and eat pumpkin stew, cake, pie, ice cream, and cookies. The young narrator brings her very own pet pumpkin to the festivities and winds up with two ribbons for the "best-loved pumpkin at the fair. The best-loved pumpkin anywhere!" 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. According to a sign, it is October 28th, and many of the children in the pictures are wearing costumes, but 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.?Judith Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

The reason for this determinedly jolly book seems to be to provide educators with a fall title that invokes autumn harvest themes and even jack-o'-lanterns--yet it never mentions Halloween. It's a bland book from Bunting (I Am the Mummy Heb- Nefert, p. 550, etc.), without her usual bite and wit: ``I'm going to the Pumpkin Fair./Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere!/`These ones here were grown from seed--/Yes sir, yes sir, yes indeed!' '' The girl who narrates and her family attend a quaint, small-town festival, where there is pumpkin-bowling, pumpkin- basketball, pumpkin-carving, seed-spitting, decoration, food, and her prize for ``best-loved pumpkin anywhere.'' It's a family day, with children and pets everywhere and a band dressed as pumpkins. Bunting has done just about everything she can to celebrate the pumpkin, but why? Christelow valiantly trudges along, mustering as many pumpkin-related scenes as she can and stuffing them with comic characters and events, but even she begins to flag near the end. (Picture book. 3-6) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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5.0 out of 5 stars All things pumpkin Nov. 18 2003
Format:School & Library Binding
This book tells the story of a pumpkin fair or pumpkin fest. The rhyming text describes about all the events at the fair- -the pumpkin band, pumpkin bowling, and pumpkin meals. The book is quite fun, but some kids may be unnerved by the broken pumpkins at the pumpkin basketball hoop (and some parents may not like the pumpkin stew being termed gooey and not edible). The rhymes and easy to read font will make this book a delight for beginning readers. The book contains about 550 words.
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Format:Hardcover
As a grower of giant pumpkins, I take exception to the professional review which dings this book for not having enough "bite" and (heavens!) not even mentioning Halloween. Pumpkins are fun and so is this book. There is something inherently charming about a small town pumpkin festival, and this one has a distinctly New England look to it that reminds me of when we used to live in New Hampshire. This celebration of a simple fruit, with fun for your pre-school and early grade school children is fun to read aloud, without succombing to the modern cultural prerequisite for a witch with a wart on nose. The writing does get a bit sing-song in places, but quite tolerable to my adult ear overall. Enjoy some good clean autumn fun and read this to your kids. God bless!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pumpkins don't need bite or Halloween to be charming! Oct. 19 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As a grower of giant pumpkins, I take exception to the professional review which dings this book for not having enough "bite" and (heavens!) not even mentioning Halloween. Pumpkins are fun and so is this book. There is something inherently charming about a small town pumpkin festival, and this one has a distinctly New England look to it that reminds me of when we used to live in New Hampshire. This celebration of a simple fruit, with fun for your pre-school and early grade school children is fun to read aloud, without succombing to the modern cultural prerequisite for a witch with a wart on nose. The writing does get a bit sing-song in places, but quite tolerable to my adult ear overall. Enjoy some good clean autumn fun and read this to your kids. God bless!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful for Emergent Readers! Aug. 8 2010
By ReadingTeacher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My granddaughter wanted books about fairs and the library suggested this one with several others. Pumpkin Fair is her favorite and we read it everyday she is with me. We even rechecked it from the library. I am now ordering a copy for her. Her mom was so amazed when Kaylee "read" the book to me on a trip. Great Book!
5.0 out of 5 stars All things pumpkin Nov. 18 2003
By Erika Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:School & Library Binding
This book tells the story of a pumpkin fair or pumpkin fest. The rhyming text describes about all the events at the fair- -the pumpkin band, pumpkin bowling, and pumpkin meals. The book is quite fun, but some kids may be unnerved by the broken pumpkins at the pumpkin basketball hoop (and some parents may not like the pumpkin stew being termed gooey and not edible). The rhymes and easy to read font will make this book a delight for beginning readers. The book contains about 550 words.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book for Young Readers Jan. 10 2014
By Law Stud - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great book that takes place in an idyllic little town during its Pumpkin Fair. The main character is endearing and the rhyme scheme is great. I hate kids books where you have to fudge the words to fit meter. This book flows along smoothly, so I get to enjoy it right along with my kids, who love it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book July 31 2013
By stacey rybak - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My mom and dad use to read this book to me when I was younger and Ive always loved it. Super happy and super cute.
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