The Pumpkin Fair by Eve Bunting

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“A bouncy rhyme and delightful artwork bring this pumpkin fair to life. The young narrator is ecstatic to be at the local pumpkin fair, where pumpkins of every size are on display—and that’s not all! There’s pumpkin bowling, a pumpkin pull, and every sort of food you can imagine made from the orange stuff, from ice cream to stew. . . . Christelow’s good-natured watercolor-and-ink illustrations are filled with things to look at and laugh about, including a marching band in pumpkin suits. Keep this book around to read for autumn story hours—but you might want a piece of pumpkin pie when you’re done.”—ALA Booklist

“Christelow’s jubilant illustrations in watercolor and pen and ink add to the general atmosphere of gaiety—everywhere readers look, families are interacting happily and having fun. . . . Halloween is never mentioned, so the book could be used to celebrate the harvest season in general. Of course, it will also serve as a good non-scary Halloween story.”—School Library Journal

About Eve Bunting

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EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz. She lives in Southern California. Eileen Christelow has created numerous fun and funny picture books, including the Five Little Monkeys series, Author, and Letters from a Desperate Dog. She lives in Vermont. For more information visit
Published July 18, 1997 by Clarion Books. 40 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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550, etc.), without her usual bite and wit: "I'm going to the Pumpkin Fair./Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere!/'These ones here were grown from seed--/Yes sir, yes sir, yes indeed!' "The girl who narrates and her family attend a quaint, small-town festival, where there is pumpkin-bowling, pumpkin-bas...

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There's even gooey party stew/ (I'll try them all, except the stew./ It's icky-looking, gross, pew-yew!)--Bunting's (Smoky Night) rhymes typically project an authentic voice, and this time the voi

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Accompanied by her parents and a sibling dressed in a bunny suit, the girl admires the Pumpkin Princess, enters a pumpkin-seed spitting contest (""Pucker up and let 'em fly!/ Spit 'em far and spit 'em high!"") and tastes pumpkin cooked every which way, including the aforementioned stew.

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