Pumpkin Shivaree by Rick Agran

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In the spring, a small silver seed is planted in the garden. By fall, it's a full-grown pumpkin on a long vine. The careful and accurate depiction of the development of a pumpkin - from seed to sprout to flower to fruit - is followed by a description of a wonderfully raucous Halloween romp so full of life and fun that the reader feels like the guest of honor!
The lyrical text by poet Rick Agran provides the perfect basis for Sara Anderson's clear, colorful cut-paper art, also used to brilliant effect in Hey Diddle Diddle, A Felt Read-And-Play Book. Pumpkin Shivaree brings to young readers not only solid information and the sense of a rollicking good party, but it also helps to convey the excitement that is generated over and over by Halloween, one of children's favorite holidays.

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Rick Agran lives on the edge of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. He has taught writing courses for artists all over New England. Garrison Keillor first read the poem "Shivaree" from Rick Agran's Crow Milk poetry collection on Public Radio InternationaSara Anderson is a versatile designer and children's illustrator. Alongside her work on children's books, she has also designed fabric, ceramics, and furniture for clients as diverse as MoMA and Crate and Barrel from her studio in Seattle. Her previous boo
Published September 1, 2003 by Handprint. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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No wonder we hide!” Anxiety changes to appreciation, however, when a carver gives one eyes to see, a nose and ears to savor, the season’s sounds, sights and smells, then after “romping under the pumpkin moon” in a Halloween “shivaree” carries the wilted jack-o-lantern back to the fields where a “...

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The carved pumpkin waxes philosophic as costumed revelers gather: "Three lives I've had,/ .../ silver seed, little pumpkin, jack-o'-lantern./ .../ Tonight we are all someone new."

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