Big Pumpkin -Lexile level AD350L

Big Pumpkin - Erica Silverman, John McDonough

Big Pumpkin, by Erica Silverman, is about a witch who finds a great big pumpkin to make pumpkin pie out of, but she can't get it off of the vine because it's to big and heavy. The witch has many ghouls and goblins come out and try to help her get the pumpkin off the vine, but nothing works. Eventually they work as a team and pull the pumpkin off of the vine together, and luckily it rolls down the hill right into the witches house. The witch then gets to make her pumpkin pie and share it with all of her new friends. I believe that this book would be a great book to use during Halloween to promote teamwork and sharing. I also believe that this book would be a great book to read to your class and then have them take a "field trip" outside so that I can sit them down and cut open a pumpkin so we can go over the insides of a pumpkin and what they are called, look like, and fell like. By tying in the pumpkin activity it would be a great way to tie in science, along with letting them do something fun and interesting. I would use this book for grades first through third to tie in Halloween activities along with educational ones.