Pumpkin Time!
Pumpkin Time!
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Annotation: From the day she plants seeds in her garden until she serves a pumpkin pie after harvest, Evy fails to notice any of the strange things the farm animals do as she works, from donkeys sailing through the sky to pigs dancing around a May Pole.
Catalog Number: #5580356
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Illustrator: Cushman, Doug,
Pages: 32 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-402-29526-X
ISBN 13: 978-1-402-29526-3
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2014006830
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
This just-right picture book for fall is filled with fun facts and quirky characters to help familiarize emergent readers with the season. Evy is preoccupied with the "feast waiting to sprout" in her pumpkin patch, and she's so motivated to work hard toward her goal of a pumpkin treat that she misses all the wacky goings-on around her. The repeated question, "What was Evy doing?," always appears with an illustration of Evy's progress in her garden, while on the facing page, whimsically literal happenings occur, such as "the day autumn blew in with woolly sweaters," and colorful pullovers drift on the wind. A mixture of subtle and more obvious pumpkin references are creatively woven into the story to playfully guide readers through new concepts and draw connections about growing pumpkins in a garden. Such broadly funny pictures and the engaging question posed to the audience at every page-turn should make this an entertaining read-aloud for the whole classroom. A closing section with additional pumpkin facts and a couple of tasty recipes promotes even more learning.
Horn Book
From planting to harvest, young horticulturist Evy works single-mindedly in the garden, unaware of the farm animals' outlandish escapades: donkeys, pigs, sheep, and other animals sail, dance, and picnic while the one-note story's slapstick illustrations picture Evy, amid the chaos, reading about pumpkins, planting seedlings, and baking a humongous pumpkin pie. Back matter includes pumpkin recipes, facts, and trivia.
Publishers Weekly
In author/agent Deàk-s kooky harvest-themed story, an overalls-clad girl named Evy doesn-t have her head in the clouds, but rather in the soil. Cushman (Pigmares) shows Evy planting seeds, dressing a scarecrow, and harvesting vegetables while rambunctious farm animals frolic throughout the year: -The day the sheep picnicked on the neighbor-s lawn... Evy didn-t see a thing. (What was Evy doing?)- Not donkeys sailing through the sky nor Halloween festivities can distract Evy from her work: -When ghosts and goblins danced door-to-door all night long- (the ensemble includes a sheep dressed as a vampire, a pig in a mummy costume, and a horse witch), Evy is carrying the harvested vegetables indoors. Hard work and commitment pay off for the avid gardener, and readers should appreciate seeing her finally enjoy the fruits of her labor-in the form of pumpkin pie-with the animals. Ages 4-8. Agent: Erzsi Deàk, Hen&ink. (July)

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 Evy is up to something. Her distraction starts in the spring. She's so engrossed in her books and work that she overlooks the most unusual occurrences around hercows parading in fancy hats, donkeys sailing across the sky, and sheep having a picnic. In summer, Evy doesn't notice the buckets literally falling from the sky or the animals playing badminton. In autumn, sweaters fall from above and animals stomp grapes. Page after page, the text asks, "What was Evy doing?" Attentive readers will pick up on the obvious clues, as the child is often depicted farming and researching pumpkins. In late autumn, all of the animals gather and Evy finally unveils her hard work: a huge pumpkin pie. The watercolor and ink illustrations feature abundant visual puns and incorporate pumpkins and jack-o'-lanterns into the scenes, and the endpapers feature fun facts and recipes. Laura Hunter, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
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Word Count: 239
Reading Level: 1.9
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.9 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 177806 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD640L

The day the cows strolled down Main Street in fancy hats...Evy didn't notice. What was Evy doing? Evy is so focused on watching her garden grow that she misses all the silliness going on around her--pigs DANCING, donkeys FLYING, and sheep HAVING A PICNIC. But after Evy's spent all year taking care of her garden, everyone's invited to pumpkin time!

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