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PUMPKINS! A BOOK OF OPPOSITES

Author: Robin Boyer

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Publisher: School Zone Publishing Company,

Material: board book

Summary: Every imaginable pumpkin--happy/sad, slimy, hot/cold, fancy/plain and many others--live in this pumpkin patch. This is a teaching book.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 0 to 4

Age of Child: Started reading with a 1-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: This one sits on the shelf more than it gets picked up.

Adult Reader Reaction: There is no story, just lots of fun/silly illustrations of pumpkins.

Pros: Every opposite you can imagine--even NOT a pumpkin--is covered in the book.

Cons: Limited value. It doesn't have a story, and its title confines the time of year that it would likely be of interest.

Borrow or Buy: Skip it. There are better, more engaging books out there for teaching opposites.

If You Liked This Book, Try: MOO; a Novel   THE FOOT BOOK; Dr. Seuss's Wacky Book of Opposites   THE LIFESIZE ANIMAL OPPOSITES BOOK

Educational Themes: There are plenty of pumpkins in this patch to teach opposites. They go well beyond the traditional big/small, happy/sad, cold/hot.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2003

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