THE BUMPY LITTLE PUMPKIN by Margery Cuyler

THE BUMPY LITTLE PUMPKIN

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Age Range: 5 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In this holiday-themed retread of The Biggest, Best Snowman (1998), Little Nell once again “proves” (with plenty of help) that she’s more capable than her two big sisters suppose. Here, she rejects the condescending offers of BIG Sarah and BIG Lizzie, enlisting instead a coterie of forest animals to carve something into the small, lumpy pumpkin she’s chosen. Hillenbrand sets the woodsy tale in a burgeoning pumpkin patch, surrounds tuft-haired, dot-eyed Nell with smiling fauna and closes with a full-page scene of her embracing her candle-lit, misshapen jack-o’-lantern in the wake of BIG Mama’s fulsome praise. Though even younger children may be left wondering how a reindeer’s antler or the beaks of birds could produce such straight, knifelike cuts in Nell’s pumpkin, the empowerment theme easily leaps such logic gaps—as the likes of Ruth Krauss’s Carrot Seed or Pat Hutchins’ Titch have demonstrated for generations of post-toddlers. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-439-52835-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2005




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