Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden

Pumpkin Circle The Story of a Garden We can be sure of this It s a circle without end It s pumpkin seeds to pumpkins To pumpkin seeds again This treat of a picture book comes cloaked in the colors of fall Bouncy verse and glowing photogr

  • Title: Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden
  • Author: George Levenson
  • ISBN: 9781582460789
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback
  • We can be sure of this It s a circle without end It s pumpkin seeds to pumpkins To pumpkin seeds again This treat of a picture book comes cloaked in the colors of fall Bouncy verse and glowing photographs show a backyard pumpkin patch move through its natural cycle a bug s eye and a bird s high view of seeds sprouting, flowers blooming, bees buzzing, pumpkins grWe can be sure of this It s a circle without end It s pumpkin seeds to pumpkins To pumpkin seeds again This treat of a picture book comes cloaked in the colors of fall Bouncy verse and glowing photographs show a backyard pumpkin patch move through its natural cycle a bug s eye and a bird s high view of seeds sprouting, flowers blooming, bees buzzing, pumpkins growing d then going back to earth An author s note explains how to grow your own pumpkin Educators, please visit our Resources section, above, for teaching guides and curricula Awards1999 Parent s Guide AwardReviews If you weren t a pumpkin lover before, you will be after checking this neat book out Fast Forward magazine Eye catching full color photography and rhyming text An excellent choice for fall pumpkin studies Public Schools of North Carolina s Infotech Your books will help us put an emphasis on early reading and help improve the stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding farmers and agriculture American Farm Bureau Foundation for AgricultureFrom the Hardcover edition.

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    1. Brilliant photos by Shmuel Taylor compliment this wonderful essay, told in rhyme, about the pumpkin's life cycle.The pictures are gorgeous, and the rhyme reads well. We start with the seed being planted, and end with a rotting jack-o-lantern, which in turn, plants a seed.This is a delightful book.

    2. Vibrant color photos and delightfully musical text pepper this scientifically based lifecycle of pumpkins. A great disservice will be done to the effort of the author and photographer if one might only crack this book in autumn. A “great” pumpkin begins in the warm, loamy soil of spring. The intense photographic concentration on the specific elements of the lifecycle (seed leaves fat & green, twisty tendrils stretching out to cling, flower buds appear-brilliant sunlit bowls, finished fru [...]

    3. Great non-fiction book about pumpkins. All pictures are photographs! Fun way to learn about how pumpkins grow.

    4. Pumpkin Circle shows the life cycle of a pumpkin, from the time the seed is collected from a pumpkin in the fall, through its planting and growing, and finally to its harvesting, just in time to carve into Halloween jack-o-lanterns. Brief, simple text accompanies color photographs of children in the garden planting and taking care of the pumpkins as they grow. The candid photos will draw young readers into the story, and there are some good opportunities to talk about gardening, plants, and the [...]

    5. Not the ordinary illustrated picture book, this nonfiction book uses photographs in a very unusual way to tell the story of how a pumpkin grows from seed to rotting jack-o-lantern. The text beginning with the book cover tells the story of germination where the title is a swirling tendril of words on an orange background. The photographs throughout are amazing from a mountain of pumpkins to a close-up of the guts embedded with seeds. More photos than text. Dramatic contrasts, both in color and si [...]

    6. I love this book! It's another one discovered while student teaching in kindergarten. It has real-life vivid photographs that are very well done. I absolutely enjoy reading it every year to my class after we do our pumpkin math carving activity so that my kids can see how pumpkins grow from the seed and how they change throughout the growing seasond then of course it dies and starts all over again.

    7. Using interesting photography and clever rhyme, this book describes the "circle of life" of a pumpkin. Such a fun book to check-out from the library this time of year.

    8. This book is all about pumpkins. The pumpkin seed makes the pumpkin plant, and the pumpkin plant makes pumpkins. Every passing minute awakens each new plant, reaching down with silky roots, reaching up to dance. Huge green leaves grow toward the sky, prickly, lush, and wide. Next they are plants. Before you know it a hundred days of weather a hundred days of care and pumpkins are everywhere. Its important to help the pumpkins sit up straight so they grow up round and proud. Fall time brings the [...]

    9. I don't really have much to say about this book about pumpkins. It is all about pumpkins, from the seed to the plant to the seed again. It would be good to use in the classroom during fall and harvest season.

    10. Booklist (Vol. 96, No. 4 (October 15, 1999))Ages 4-8. Based on the videotape Pumpkin Circle, a 1997 Booklist Editor's Choice video selection, this follows the life cycle of a pumpkin from seed to sprout to plant to flower to fruit and back to seed. A few simple lines of rhyming or near-rhyming verse comment on each stage of development; striking color photographs illustrate the text. The many close-ups show every detail of the plants, while wider shots take in the whole garden or even a mountain [...]

    11. How did this begin?/ What is this pumpkin thing?/ Is there a Mother Nature?/ Is there a Pumpkin King? We can be sure of this:/ It’s a circle without end./ It’s pumpkin seeds/ to pumpkins/ to pumpkin seeds again!With rhyming text and bright photographs, this nonfiction picture book describes the life cycle of a pumpkin—from seed, to plant, to pumpkin, to jack-o’-lantern, and back to seed again! Pumpkin Circle is a solid and engaging introductory title. Author Levenson and photographer Shm [...]

    12. If your looking for a fun book to get your fall juices rolling, then check this one out. It is a creative rhyming book to build on the knowledge of how a pumpkin grows. The cycle of a pumpkin is fun to introduce during the beginning of the year when fall weather peaks and pumpkins are the crave. The pictures are non-fiction and give real visuals to help identify with the pumpkin seed, pulp and it's life cycle. It is a easy read and can easily be adopted within the classroom activities. Students [...]

    13. My boy Stig LOVES pumpkins like nothing else. He calls them ba-ba's and just can't get enough. So this book which is about the circle of life of a pumpkin was perfect. It starts as a seed, grows roots, leaves, buds and eventually we get pumpkins. Especially great is how it shows the jack-o-lantern then decaying back into a pile of seeds and then a sprout. I've got some "dead ba'ba's" that I"m trying to do the same with and I think that this book will continue to come in handy all year as we hope [...]

    14. Great children's non-fiction. The life cycle of a pumpkin is told beginning with the seed and ending with harvesting the seeds from the pumpkin to start the cycle over again. The photographs are colorful and extremely interesting. The different parts of the pumpkin are shown in detail from the root to the tendrils to the flower. My kids laughed and laughed at the photos showing the jack-o-lantern decaying.

    15. I used this book each October in my classroom. Plusses: the concepts and photographs are wonderful. There's nothing like watching the life cycle – each new plant is a wonder.Room for improvement: at times the meter is strained, which grated on me. But the kids seemed to love it anyway! Still recommended for classroom libraries.

    16. 53 months- I was informed that O had already read this book on her Reading Rainbow App but we read it again anyway and I think she enjoyed it even more in the paper version. Fantastic photographs and a great rhythm to the story when read allowed. This is a nice life cycle of a plant type story. I so wish we had the space in the yard to grow pumpkins.

    17. Nice book about how pumpkins grow from seeds into pumpkins and then decompose back into the earth again completing the "circle." Did not find the photographs as inspiring as the book Pumpkins by Ken Robbins. I much prefer that book over this one for illustrating the lifecycle of a Halloween pumpkin into a jack o lantern.

    18. This is a story that talks all about the life cycle of a pumpkin. It starts from when a pumpkin is a seed, and grows into a full grown pumpkin. What is unique about this book is that all of the pictures in the story are photographs of a real pumpkin farm. It is a great way to show children exactly what it would look like to be on a pumpkin farm

    19. This is a great addition to our science books. I love all of the pictures detailing what the stages of pumpkin growth is as well as the clear pictures of the root development. Great to be read along with Jack's Pumpkin during the fall season.

    20. This pumpkin book has a huge amount of appeal to young readers. It is written as poetry with lots of rhyming words, which build phonologic awareness. There are great pictures, and the story travels through the year from a pumpkin harvest to planting, growing, and harvesting again. Beautiful!

    21. A great educational book for your children of all ages. My 6 yr old loved it as well as my 3 yr old twins. Lots of good information with beautiful pictures that will help keep children engaged. A great addition to any children's library.

    22. What a wonderful journey from seed to pumpkin - clear pictures, rhyming and a nice flow. The DVD that goes by the same name is fun viewing. It has the same pictures from the book, time-lapsed images and even more pumpkin details and history.

    23. I love this book. Large, vibrant photographs work perfectly with how the author plays with the placement if the text, incorporating interesting word choice. And it is all told through rhyme! A must - read for students in the fall.

    24. Generally pleasant and inviting text (sometimes rhyming, sometimes a bit awkward) and well chosen photos make this a great introduction to the life cycle of the pumpkin; a good choice for some nature/harvest studies around autumn!

    25. An informative, poetic, photographic journey through the life cycle of a pumpkin --- seed to sprout, flower to fruita fat pumpkin to a grinning jack-o-lantern to a decomposing mess and back to a seed again.

    26. This is more of an educational book, not your typical children's storybook. I didn't think the rhyming was great but it was a good book to show my 5-year-old the life cycle of a pumpkin (and the illustrations are real photos).

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