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FIVE LITTLE PUMPKINS ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT by Sandra Magsamen

FIVE LITTLE PUMPKINS ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT

by Sandra Magsamen ; illustrated by Sandra Magsamen

Age Range: 1 - 3

Pub Date: July 30th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-338-30578-4
Publisher: Cartwheel/Scholastic

An unscary twist on the traditional Halloween song for first-time trick-or-treaters, illustrated with Magsamen’s signature simulated stitching designs.

There are no witches in the air in this book; the wind does not blow out the light. Instead the verse starts with “pumpkins giggling all day long,” which rhymes with “Let’s sing a song.” Continuing in this sweet mode, the second pumpkin says, “We shine so bright!” and the third one agrees, “Yes, we’re a beautiful sight.” On the fourth spread the rhythm breaks down. That pumpkin says, “We’re a little bit spooky and kooky too.” The final line stretches to rhyme: “We spread a lot of love, that’s what we do!” This revision misses the point of the original—to help young children feel brave as they learn about the mildly scary tradition of Halloween. Counting down, inherent in the original, is also eliminated in this version, though one could count the stars, smiling spiders, bats, and even hearts that decorate the pages. The cover, first page, and last page show five smiling pumpkins stacked willy-nilly. The three middle spreads show just one pumpkin each, with the fourth pumpkin rather arbitrarily sporting a witch’s hat.

Just sing the song; this sanitized variant is an additional purchase at best. (Board book. 1-3)