Perfect Picture Book Friday – The Very Best Pumpkin

Happy Friday, Everyone!

Guess what?

We got snow last night!

Have you had your first snow yet this year?

I’m afraid I wasn’t ready with a book about snow, but I do have a lovely story of fall and friendship to share today 🙂

Title: The Very Best Pumpkin
Written By: Mark Kimball Moulton
Illustrated By: Karen Hillard Good
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, August 2010, Fiction

Suitable For Ages: 4-8

Themes/Topics: friendship, seasons (autumn), nature/gardening (pumpkins)

Opening: “Down a winding country lane and over a rolling hill you’ll find Pumpkin Hollow Farm, where a young boy named Peter lives with his grandparents, Mimi and Papa.”

Brief Synopsis: While caring for pumpkins on his grandparents’ farm, Peter discovers a little lonely one all off by itself.  He takes special care of it, and it grows into a beautiful perfect pumpkin.  Will he save it for himself?  Or give it to someone special?

Links To Resources: the back of the book has “Peter’s Guide To Growing Your Own Very Best Pumpkin”; easy recipe for pumpkin bread; Jack-O-Lantern and Pumpkin Coloring Pages; go for a walk and look for signs of autumn; talk about how to make a friend

Why I Like This Book: The story is simple, sweet, and very appealing.  Peter tends the pumpkins while Meg, brand new to the neighborhood and given to sitting alone and reading, keeps an interested (but distant) eye on the proceedings.  When Meg comes to the pumpkin farm to pick a pumpkin, she can’t find the right one… until Peter leads her out to his special pumpkin (which he has carefully saved, knowing she has been there watching) and gives it to her – the beginning of a beautiful friendship.  The art is warm, and inviting – full of charm and homey details.  All around, a comforting and cozy read.  And you get to learn a little something about growing pumpkins as an added bonus 🙂

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

Before we all go off to read everyone’s wonderful selections for the week, I want to thank you all for your kind and supportive comments on Wednesday.  Such thoughtfulness and friendship truly make dealing with rejection easier, and your kindness meant so much to me.  And I just want you to know that I didn’t write that post with the intent of getting sympathy – I wanted to share the things that matter to me, the things I love about my writing life, along with the reality of this path we’ve chosen.  I wanted other writers not to feel alone on their hard days because we all have them.  And I wanted people to know that rejection can happen at any stage in your writing career – it’s not just for those who are new to the publishing world!  It just goes with the territory.  And maybe the rejections help us savor the acceptances just that much more, the disappointments making the joy that much sweeter. All that said, I very much appreciated your sympathy and feel lucky to have such friends! 🙂  And I hope any of you who gets an acceptance will come over here and shout it from the rooftops so we can all celebrate with you! 🙂

Oh!  And one more thing!  On Monday (good lord willing and the creek don’t rise!) I will have a special post to share with y’all!  It’s something good… something exciting… something full of potential goodies… so you won’t want to miss it!  Come right over when you wake up on Monday!!!

PPBF bloggers please be sure to leave your post-specific link in the list below so we can all come visit you!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂

56 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – The Very Best Pumpkin

  1. JillSF1959 says:

    I have too many books on my plate at the moment. 😀 My multi-tasking has been stretched past its limit. Perhaps sometime down the road……………..

  2. Joanne Sher says:

    Hehe – I'm in the Grand Rapids area (and I'm guessing you didn't forget – you probably never knew LOL). TODAY, we have more than flurries. Over half a foot of snow. Kids have a snow day.

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