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Pumpkin Circle~Great for Circle Time Reading
Reviewed in the United States on September 18, 2013
Where does life begin? How does life evolve? When does life begin again? These are questions that children and adults seek answers to. In Pumpkin Circle by George Levenson and Shmuel Thaler, the circle of life is showcased through vividly detailed photos that are punctuated by the well-chosen words that dance across the pages.
The book begins with a cascade of pumpkins tumbling across a two page spread. The stage has now been set. Immediately following this introduction, Levenson and Thaler lead the reader on a guided tour of a pumpkin patch that progresses from the long lazy days of summer to the crisp and fleeting days of fall. Leaves grow. Blossoms bloom. Pumpkins swell. Vines fade. Pumpkins are harvested. Yet, that is not the end of the story. Whether you are a curious child or an inquisitive adult, read this story to discover how the circle of life begins again.
As an added bonus, Levenson’s and Shmuel’s photographs cleverly obscure the identity of the pumpkin farmer. By doing so, the reader is invited to place himself in the role of the gardener. So, go ahead— carve into that freshly harvested pumpkin. But don’t forget to save some of the seeds to start your own Pumpkin Circle next spring.
Word count: 459 (excluding fact page at the end of the story)
Average words per page: 12
Extra value: breathtaking photography, rich vocabulary, fun subject material.