Pumpkin Time!

It’s Halloween! Trick or Treat Time! Dress up Time! Squeals and Screams Time!  Candy Time! For me it’s more about Pumpkin Time!  When our Music Boys were little guys , I would get dressed up and do the trick or treating thing with them. It meant walks in the dark with lots of other weird kids, going to lots of houses and knocking on front doors, lots of hands reaching to pet and lots of ” Oh! Look at the cute dog!”

These days the Boys are too “big” for that sort of thing and I just get dressed up for school. I’m more into Pumpkin Time than dress up time. Pumpkins are ripe this time of year and we can get them at the grocery store or at the Pumpkin Patches which seem to be everywhere. I LOVE pumpkin!!

I want to share a couple of Pumpkin books with you. The 1st one is Dr. Pompo’s Nose by Saxton Freymann.


Dr. Pompo is a pumpkin and while “rolling around on his morning rounds”, he happens upon something on the ground. And he can’t quite figure out what it is. Some of his pumpkin friends happen by and make suggestions as to what they think it is.

I think that this is a hilariously funny book! All of the Pumpkins are crazy real looking. But we read it to the Ladybug Princess and she didn’t get it. It was somehow over her head. And she is a brilliant almost 5 year old. So, I don’t know what you might think of it.

The 2nd book is called It’s Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall and illustrated by Shari Halpern.

A cute yellow dog ( kind of like me!) is the star of this book about growing  pumpkins from seed. The illustrations are bright and cute. And that cute yellow dog is on nearly every page, helping the kids plant and take care of the pumpkins. Then they make a jack o’ lantern and go trick or treating. A cute book that you could make a whole class lesson out of. Maybe even plant some pumpkin seeds like the kids do in the book.

For more information about Mr Freymann and his interesting work carving food you should check out this video of him talking about his books. He is a rather interesting character!

And Ms Halpern who illustrated It’s Pumpkin Time! has a lovely website that you might want to visit.

And now if you’ll excuse me — I’m going to eat some pumpkin! Hope you have a fruitful Halloween!

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4 thoughts on “Pumpkin Time!

  1. Now THAT is a cute pumpkin-dog. Well done on the costume. I am going to seek out Dr Pompo’s Nose (the book, not the actual nose) as I am partial to books that make fruit and vegetables look like faces etc.

      • I did and I’ve just now realised, after doing a little author search, that I’ve read his work before – specifically, How Are You Peeling? and Baby Food.

        Really, this is a highly productive way to spend one’s time, I think. (In fruit and vege carving, that is, not author searching…although that can be quite productive too).

        • I don’t know how productive it would be for you and me. Is this an activity that you could participate in? And I wouldn’t have the patience to carve a fruit. It would just be a waste of time when it would just be eaten anyway. But it is fun to look at in a book!

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