Have you visited your local pumpkin patch yet? As October is now in full swing, I've got pumpkin on the brain, and one of my favorite pumpkin books to read is, Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White.
Rebecca Estelle HATES pumpkins because she had to eat so many of them as a child. Therefore as an adult she simply pretends they don't exist; until one day a pumpkin rolls off a truck full of pumpkins that's driving by and smashes all over the corner of her yard. She covers the smashed pumpkin with dirt and thinks she's seen the last of the pumpkins until Spring when the pumpkins begin to sprout. Instead of pulling them up she chooses to ignore them and is faced with hundreds of pumpkins in the Fall. Instead of becoming discouraged, Rebecca Estelle, gets to work making everything pumpkin. When she's finished cooking and carving, Rebecca Estelle invites the whole town over to enjoy her pumpkin feast. Too Many Pumpkins is a cute story that teaches kids to look on the bright side of a situation that is less than ideal. It also teaches the pumpkin life cycle. I've enjoyed this story as a read aloud with my four-year-old son and students in kindergarten through 2nd grade. What would you do with hundreds of pumpkins? I would make lots of pumpkin pie!