It's fun to plant a garden! First the children plant seeds, then they water them. Soon the leaves and flowers start to grow, and before long, tiny pumpkins appear. After a few months they are ready to be picked. Then the children scoop out the pumpkins' insides and make pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, and jack-o-lanterns. The charmingly illustrated, simple, rhyming text is perfect for beginning readers-who may just feel inspired to plant pumpkin patches of their own!
K-Gr 2-In this appealing addition to the series, children are making a garden. The whole process, from preparing the soil to creating things from their harvested pumpkins, is cheerfully and simply reported in verse, two or four lines on each double-page spread. The illustrations of the smiling, busy youngsters show that they're into the project with both their spirits and their bodies: into the dirt "all warm and brown," the water, the weeds, and finally the pumpkins-"Inside the pumpkins/is wet, orange goop./This is the way/we scoop, scoop, scoop, scoop!" with both spoons and hands. Beginning readers should enjoy the short, simple text, the enthusiasm of the children, and the fun they're having.-Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.