Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Pumpkin Hill

Pumpkin Hill

Elizabeth Spurr
Illustrator:  Whitney Martin 
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 7
Holiday House, 2006   ISBN: 978-0823418695

One day a large ripe pumpkin broke loose from its moorings and rolled down a hill. When it hit a stone the pumpkin broke open and all its seeds were scattered over the field. Now, the field in question belonged to a farmer who could never figure out what he wanted to plant in his field. Year after year he would plow his field and then he would not plant anything in it. So, year after year more and more pumpkins grew in his field. The farmer never knew about the pumpkin crop because the field was on the other side of the hill from his farm.

One year the pumpkin crop was enormous and when a strong wind blew, the pumpkins began to roll down the hill towards the town. Soon the town was knee deep in an avalanche of pumpkins. This was, everyone agreed, a "delightful disaster." What were the townsfolk going to do with all the pumpkins? Thankfully Halloween was just around the corner and the "pleth-o-ra" of pumpkins were carved and baked until they were all used up.

This delightfully silly tall tale will not only amuse children and their grownups but it will also introduce them to a wonderfully colorful selection of descriptive words. Indeed the author has clearly had a wonderful time playing with language to create a charming text to go with the bright and cheerful artwork.

At the back of the book the author has included directions on how to grow a giant pumpkin and how to roast pumpkin seeds.