PPBF: How to Help a Pumpkin Grow

Author/Illustrator: Ashley Wolff
 Beach Lane, 2021
: pumpkins, animals, gardening

Age Level: 2-6
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Synopsis: (from my library catalog) Dog is planting a garden, doing all he can to help his pumpkins grow: protecting them from snow, weeding and watering their patch, and keeping them safe from barnyard creatures who might eat the sprouts! But are Crow, Rabbit, Duck, and Goat really out to destroy the garden? Or are they new friends hoping to pitch in and help the pumpkins thrive?

I picked this book because: of the vibrant artwork: the rich palette, the masterful lighting and use of contrast, and beautifully rendered characters and scenery. And because it’s almost Halloween and this would be an absolutely delightful read-aloud if only I were still doing storytime! Blast Covid!

Resource/Activity: it may be too late to plant seeds this season, but not too early to plan for the next! Map out together where the best spot might be, be sure to have it cleared for planting, but cover with leaves to provide nutrients and moisture (I live in semi-arid dessert territory!). Learn about the different kinds of seeds and order ahead! Also, read Halloween companion books: HERE is a great list in PW.

For more links to posts on Perfect Picture Books and resources, visit Susanna Hill’s blog every Friday.

Cavorting with Pumpkins, and Catherine

The bright globes are more than a symbol for Halloween to me: a strong connection to my childhood, the season, to my nationality and even my wedding. I can easily conjure their cut-open scent, the sweet-baked aroma, and the rotting stench on my porch as squirrels are destructively determined to rid me of this decoration choice!

Not one of my own today, but here is a favorite poem from my early days…

“I saw thousands of pumpkins last night
come floating in on the tide,
bumping up against the rocks and
rolling up on the beaches;
it must be Halloween in the sea”

Richard Brautigan, The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster

And I’ll be honest – I think of them cut up and menacing more often than not!


Now go check out what Catherine has carved up – HERE