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.
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.12 x 12 Featured Author, 12 x 12 Featured Author, Autumn, Cooking, Garden, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture Books · Tags: 12 x 12 in 2012, Autumn, Julie Hedlund, Linda Arms White, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture Books, Pumpkins, Too Many Pumpkins, Writer