“Great Halloween book to use with your theme.
“Big Pumpkin is a great Halloween story about a witch that wants to pick a pumpkin to make pumpkin pie. However, the pumpkin is too large for her to pick. Her friends try to pick it too, but the little bat suggests that they work together to pick it.
This is a good story to complete a sequencing activity. The students could order pictures or sentence strips from the story as a retelling activity.”
“Big Pumpkin is a story about a witch that plants a seed to grow a pumpkin in time for Halloween. Her goal is to make pumpkin pie with the pumpkin but hours before Halloween she realizes it is stuck on the vine and she can't get it. With the help from some new friends consisting of a mummy, vampire, and bat, the witch is able to get her pumpkin off the vine. She makes her pumpkin pie and shares it with her new friends and plants a new seed for the next year.
I've always loved this book ever since I was little. My mom used to read it to me all the time and she used different voices to portray each character. I had so much fun hearing my mom read this book and since I love Halloween, this book is definitely one of my favorites. It shows a story of teamwork and friendly gestures on a holiday that I have always loved.
In a dance class I could use this book as a tool for having the students create dance movement that embodies the different characters in the book. They can create a phrase of movement, and then try it in ways each character might dance it. For example, the way a mummy dances will probably be very different from a vampire, witch, and a bat. This could be a fun activity to do close to Halloween time.”
“It's a really good book to read on Halloween. The story line is very good too. ”Taylor Chung wrote this review Saturday, November 3, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“2-1/2 stars. A witch plants a pumpkin seed. When the pumpkin is very big, she wants to make a pumpkin pie. The pumpkin is so heavy she cannot move it from the vine. A ghost, a mummy and a vampire all try. But none of them are strong enough to move that huge pumpkin. Along comes a tiny bat. What can such a small creature do? He has an idea. He tells everyone to pull together, and when they do, the pumpkin rolls down the hill to the witches house. She makes her pumpkin pie and shares it with everyone who helped her. At the end, she plants another seed for next year's pumpkin pie. This book is a little long for PJST and not as good as some other Halloween stories about pumpkin pie tha I have read.”Marva S wrote this review Wednesday, October 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
““Big Pumpkin” Eric Silverman and illustrated by S.D. Schindler. Copyright 1995
Fantasy/ Science Fiction
Appropriate grade: Pre-k -3rd
Summary: There was a witch who wanted to make a big pumpkin pie, so she grew herself a huge pumpkin. It was Halloween day, so she went out to pick her pumpkin. There was a problem the pumpkin was too big, she could not move it. This pumpkin was so big that even a vampire or a mummy could move it. But believe it or not a bat saved the day and the witch made her pumpkin pie.
Review: Great illustrations, Great book to show children just because you are small doesn’t mean you can’t do something.
Use in classroom: Read to children around Halloween.
“Our absolute favourite pumpkin story. So much fun to dramatize!”HughieBooks wrote this review Wednesday, October 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is my favorite childhood book! I love this book because I love Halloween. If this were the only book on earth... that'd be fine with me!”Katherine M. wrote this review Thursday, November 3, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“* Pre - K and up
*This book is really fun when sung/ you listen to the song on the tape while reading along. It tells the story about a witch who had a huge pumkin and wanted to make pumpkin pie for Halloween. She had a bunch of people help her such as a ghost, bat, mummy, and vampire. They could not succeed when trying alone, but when they all tried to pull together they got it. This book is really eye catching and perfect for the holiday theme.
*This book can be used in a read aloud around Halloween. It is a good story about helping one another and working together while also being catchy and funny.
* D) Song Books”
“This is a great book for preschool aged children because it has a fun and predictable level of reading. The witch has grown a huge pumpkin and wants to make a pumpkin pie, but she cannot pull it out of the ground by herself. The rest of the characters, mummy, vampire, bat, and ghost are introduced in the book to help each other pull the big pumpkin out of the ground. Each time they try with a new friend, the same style of words is repeated. The pictures are very bright and inviting, and the words are simple enough for preschoolers to understand. With the repetition, children will be able to memorize certain parts and read along during read aloud sessions in class.”Danielle Sansone wrote this review Tuesday, November 1, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No