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Read Right Now! Pumpkins

09/07/2020 | Online Storytime, Holidays & Seasons

Stumpkin is round. Stumpkin is orange. Stumpkin is a pumpkin with no stem! In the days leading up to Halloween Stumpkin dreams of becoming a jack-o-lantern, but is passed over as shoppers choose all shapes and sizes of other pumpkins, even a gourd, but not him. Will anyone come by and give Stumpkin a chance?

Stumpkin is a lovely, simple story about perceived flaws that are not flaws at all! The endearing Stumpkin might just inspire your kids to choose differently at the pumpkin patch this year. They also might like the fact that Stumpkin's story doesn't take place in a pumpkin patch or on a farm. Stumpkin is a city pumpkin:

"It was a few days before Halloween. Outside a little shop in a big city, a shopkeeper placed some pumpkins on the shelves."

It is always fun to see your own experience in a picture book. The illustrations of jack-o-lanterns in the city are a refreshing change to pumpkin stories that are typically set in the country. Stumpkin is a great addition to fall story time! Choosing a pumpkin at a store, pumpkin patch, or orchard is a favorite Fall activity for small children. Here are some free online books, printables & activities about pumpkins, visiting a pumpkin patch and carving a jack 'o lantern.

FREE Online e-Books:

Pumpkin, PumpkinPick a PumpkinIt's Fall Book Cover

More FREE Online Reading:

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Christopher Pumpkin

Hendra, Sue

A witch enchants pumpkins to help with the huge, scary party she is throwing but fun-loving Christopher will have to embrace his differences in order to prove he can be frightening, too.

Pete the Cat

Five Little Pumpkins

Dean, James

Pete the Cat's groovy version of a classic favorite.

It's A Pumpkin!

McClure, Wendy

When Field Mouse and Squirrel find a big, round, orange object in the road their friends disagree about what it is, but soon it becomes the life of the party.