Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie by Jill Esbaum

Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie

Jill Esbaum


I feel like this is my official WELCOME! to #BHGFallFun ! The book I’m talking about today would be a perfect read to mark off some of those BINGO squares 🙂

So this is a nonfiction book, but I really enjoyed it! There are some really INSANE pictures (some really, really, really big pumpkins.  Like, so big I can’t even describe, you need to see!!).  This book is essentially the life cycle of the pumpkin.  How it starts by planting a seed, it grows into a small sprout, then gets bigger, flowers, and then into a bright orange pumpkin! Then the book talks about how some pumpkins are small, some are large, some are smooth, some are bumpy, and has pictures to go along with the words. Then the book goes even further… what do you do with a pumpkin once you get it? Make pie! And jack-o-lanterns!

pumpkin 2

I think this book does a really good job of taking a topic, teaching a lesson, but making it really interesting.  The photos in the book are superb and show things you and your little have probably seen before.  This book might be especially fun to read before you go pick your Halloween pumpkin!



When you go pick pumpkins, go to the supermarket, or anywhere that has pumpkins, have your little tally the short, tall, smooth, and bumpy pumpkins. Or if tallying seems like way too much work, have them count just one, short, smooth, tall, bumpy.  


You could also do a sequencing activity.  Here and here are printable sequencing cards that deal with the life cycle of the pumpkin that the book details.  You can have your little color them, help them cut them out (or they can cut them out), then glue them on a sheet of paper.  If you REALLY want to get fancy, you can even have them make a paper jack-o-lantern out of orange and black and yellow construction paper that goes at the very end!    



You can, of course, carve some pumpkins with your little!

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