Saturday, October 8, 2011

Review - Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Holiday House (September 1997)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0823413209
ISBN-13: 978-0823413201
Ever since she was a little girl, Rebecca Estelle has hated pumpkins. Baked pumkins, steamed pumpkins, boiled pumpkins. Stewed pumkins, mashed pumkins, rotten pumpkins. Enough Pumpkins!
When an enormous pumpkin falls off a truck and smashes in her yard, Rebecca Estelle shovels dirt over the pieces and forgets about them. But those slimy pumpkin smithereens sprout up in spring, and she finds herself wih a sea of pumpkins. What will she do with so many pumpkins, when she can't stand the sight of even one?

What a delightful tale about pumpkins. The lesson learned: You can not hide your problems by covering them up and forgetting about them like Estelle did with her pumpkins. Estelle learnt the hard way, when life gives you lemons you make lemonade and when a pumpkin falls off the pumpkin truck you get rid of it or you'll wind up with a huge pumpkin patch....

The illustrations are beautiful with a homey old timey feeling. You can almost smell the spices and pumpkins in Estelle's kitchen just by looking at the pages.

During the great Depression Linda White's aunt grew up on a farm and money was very scarce and pumpkins were all they had to eat at times. This sparked her to write this wonderful book!


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