Today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday selection is from, Linda Arms White, our November featured 12 x 12 in 2012 author. Talk about a timeless book! Our beloved signed copy is a perennial favorite, especially at this time of year.

Too Many Pumpkins

Written by Linda White, Illustrated by Megan Lloyd

Holiday House, June, 1996

Suitable for: Ages 4+

Themes/Topics: Autumn, Pumpkins, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Generosity, Overcoming Adversity, Cooking, Sharing

Opening/Synopsis: From SLJ: “Golden autumn hues cast their warm glow throughout this humorous harvest tale. Rebecca Estelle, having survived on various pumpkin dishes during her poor childhood, hates them so much that when a pumpkin accidentally falls into her yard, she shovels dirt over it so she won’t have to see or think about it again. In spite of all her efforts to the contrary, she is “rewarded” with a yard full of bright orange globes the following fall.” It is heartwarming (and tummy-warming) to see how Rebecca Estelle deals with her unwanted bumper crop.

Activities: Besides the obvious – carving pumpkins and baking pumpkin pies – Suite 101 has an excellent set of lesson plans based on the book. Live Oak Media, the paperback publisher, also has an activity sheet with discussion and activity ideas. These are just two of many I found. The book is a classic and has been in print for long enough that you can find many activities and lesson plans simply by putting the title and “lesson plans” in a search engine. But really, what could beat baking pumpkin pies? 🙂

Why I Like This Book: Well, as you read in my introduction to Linda in her featured author post, she has a special place in my heart as my mentor. But this is a book that speaks to you on a very deep level. Rebecca Estelle’s internal struggle against, and ultimate surrender to the pumpkins shows us how to take adversity and frustration and turn it into something wonderful.

For more fantastic picture books and resources please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books.

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  1. I love pumpkin, and love pumpkin pie even more. My husband doesn’t like it but he loves pumpkin pie, (he just doesn’t know it as he is always told it’s caramel pie…lol.) I am interested to know what happened in the end so will look for this one tomorrow when I venture to our local library..Thanks Julie.

  2. Great choice! I like the idea of this book! It is cute. I love pumpkin pie and pumpkin seeds and Pumpkin Chunkin’ 😉

  3. I like the theme, Julie. It’s important to remember that good things come in the wake of adversity, and kids need to know that, too. The drawings are bright, and the story perfect for the season. Thanks for sharing it!

  4. This book sounds like a fun read and the accompanying activities will yield long term engagements in observations and predictions. I also appreciated the way you explain how the character develops in the story. A good classroom theme.

  5. I added this book to my TBR list after reading the 12×12 feature post. Can’t wait to read it.

  6. What a unique book with a fulfilling message. Rebecca sounds like quite a character and I love her growth. It sounds like a fun read for kids. The cover grabbed me!

  7. There can NEVER be too many pumpkins! Sounds terrific!

  8. I am so glad you reviewed one of Linda’s books this week, Julie. I have already seen more pumpkins around than I ever do in Europe in the fall!

  9. I wish the pumpkins in my garden had grown like the pumpkins in this book. 🙁 We didn’t get even one this year. Ah, well. Thanks for the fun review. This is a great book.

  10. After yesterday’s featured author post, I was delighted to see that you’d chosen Too Many Pumpkins for your PPB this week! It sounds like a wonderful book. Mmmmm, pumpkin anything is a joy.

  11. That’s a unique angle about pumpkins! Thanks for sharing one of Linda’s books!

  12. I’ve never heard of this one. Can’t wait to look it up. Garden books of any variety are right up my alley.

  13. I LOVE LOVE pumpkins!! As far as I’m concerned, you can never have too many! I’m interested to see how Rebecca Estelle deals with her problem. Wish I could have helped her out!

  14. Somehow this book has escaped my attention until now, but I will have to read it! What a perfect tale for this time of year. And I don’t think we have too many pumpkin books on the list yet 🙂 Thanks so much for adding this one, Julie! 🙂

  15. Great review, Julie. This sounds perfect for fall!

  16. This sounds like a great fall book!

  17. Julie, now I can post! Hooray! I hope that you were able to fix it on the 12×12 post. Crazy websites! This book is awesome! A great pick for this time of year and a great review 🙂

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