Ready for Pumpkins by Kate Duke

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Hercules, a classroom guinea pig, has a revelation when he watches the first graders grow plants from seeds. He wants to grow things, too! And during summer vacation (spent with the teacher's dad), he gets his chance. With the help of a friendly rabbit, Herky prepares the soil, carefully plants pumpkin seeds, and waits. And waits, and waits. One of the most important things he learns about gardening is patience. It's very hard to go back to school when fall comes--especially because his pumpkins aren't quite ready yet. But in October, the teacher's dad arrives with a big pumpkin for her class--that just mysteriously grew in his yard! And Herky begins dreaming about next year's garden . . .

Kate Duke has created a funny and charming book that shows not just how seeds grow into plants, but also how you need patience to see a long project through.

About Kate Duke

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KATE DUKE has been creating wonderful picture books for more than 25 years. Her best loved tales often include guinea pigs or mice, like Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One, and Guinea Pig ABC. Ms. Duke lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
Published August 28, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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“A garden is not a place to be angry in.” When paired with Duke’s watercolor and pen-and-ink artwork, readers certainly won’t feel angry, though they will feel empathetic with the adorably impatient guinea pig as he stamps his feet and digs up his seeds to see what they are doing, besides not gro...

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I felt sad when Herky had to go back to the school after the summer because he had leave Daisy and the pumpkins.

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