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by Dianne Ochiltree & illustrated by Anne-Sophie Lanquetin

Age Range: 3 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-689-85090-5
Publisher: McElderry

A rollicking rhyming tale—part math, part problem-solving—stars a young raccoon who must figure out what to do with 16 pumpkins that don’t sit still. It’s time to gather in the harvest on Gramps’s farm, and Sam is just the girl raccoon to take on the job. Setting out with her wagon, she finds the pumpkins under vines and leaves and slowly doubles her load from one to two, until she has gathered 16. But on the way back to the house, the rickety wagon tips over and they become “the hill-rolling, bowling ball kind” of pumpkins. She chases after them, but has no luck in catching them except for the four that roll through Gramps’s open front door and smash on the floor. What will they do with them? Pie, of course. Lanquetin’s illustrations are charming and give young readers a chance to seek small details, such as the incensed mouse whose home had been one of the picked pumpkins. A cute opener for autumn and a nice bridge across science and math for elementary-school teachers. (Picture book. 3-8)