THE FIERCE YELLOW PUMPKIN by Margaret Wise Brown

THE FIERCE YELLOW PUMPKIN

Age Range: 5 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In a previously unpublished tale from Brown (whose newly unearthed early work is filling the shelves lately), a “fat little, round little, yellow little pumpkin” enviously regards a one-eyed scarecrow while growing into a “fiery orange-yellow pumpkin. The color of the sun”—whereupon three children carry it off to make it into a jack-o-lantern. Along with a trio of field mice, children can follow the pumpkin’s development as seasons change in Egielski’s ground-level scenes, then jump in surprise at coming face-to-face, in a spread-filling close-up, with a “terrific, terrible pumpkin,” bearing a new zigzag grin: “Ho, ho, ho! / He, he, he! / Mice will run / when they see me!” The mice do indeed scamper off, but young audiences are more likely to stay put, ready for a repeat encounter with this long-buried episode. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-06-024479-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2003




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