For Parents

Read Right Now! Pumpkins


08/31/2019

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.

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15 Stories for Kids about Beautiful, Prize-Winning & Tasty Pumpkins

Favorite stories covering the entire life cycle of a pumpkin from seed to vine as well as all the adventures a pumpkin can have as pie, contest winner, or jack-o-lantern. #indyplkids IndyPL_CarrieW

Stumpkin

Cummins, Lucy Ruth

A pumpkin with no stem waits, worried, as the other pumpkins with stems are chosen to be jack-o-lanterns.

Big Pumpkin

Silverman, Erica

A witch having trouble picking an enormous pumpkin gets help from her trying to pick a big pumpkin - this one is a Halloween version of the traditional tale "The Turnip" in which a host of people and animals try to pull up a turnip and only succeed when a tiny mouse adds the last bit of muscle necessary for success.

Pete the Cat

Five Little Pumpkins

Dean, James

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