Ten Orange Pumpkins: A Counting Book by Stephen Savage

ten orange pumpkins

Ten Orange Pumpkins: A Counting Book
Stephen Savage
3 Stars

There are ten orange pumpkins, but then one by one they disappear. The first one becomes the head of a scarecrow. Another is taken away by a mummy. Finally there is only one pumpkin…which really isn’t a pumpkin anymore (because it has turned into a jack-o-lantern). This was a fun counting book to celebrate Halloween with lots of fun introductions to various Halloween monsters (witches, ghosts, black cats, mummies, etc.). The illustrations are all in darker hues of color. Some pages are black and white and grey. Others have shades of greens or purples–but they all let the orange pumpkins stand out. The readers eye is drawn to counting just how many pumpkins are left. When I read this book I had to read the text twice. For some reason I felt like the page that tells what is happening to the pumpkins should rhyme with the page that says how many pumpkins are left. And I know books don’t have to rhyme to be good. But I had to read the book twice because my voice slipped into a sort of cadence that I expected to be continued on the second pages…and it wasn’t. But when I learned how to read it so it was more of an announcement (with an exclamation at the beginning) of how many pumpkins were left…then I did better. But I would have to practice this one once before I read it aloud to a group of kiddos. And as long as I read it the way it is written, then I think they will really love it.

What to do after reading this book:
Go to a pumpkin patch and get a pumpkin or two.
Carve a pumpkin to be a jack-o-lantern.
Draw pictures of what could happen to a pumpkin.
Make pumpkin pie.
Dress up in a costume (or two).

Dial Books for Young Readers, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3938-3
FORMAT: Picture Books
AGES: Preschool

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