Book Review- P is for Pumpkin: God's Harvest Alphabet by Kathy-jo Warjin

P is for Pumpkin: God's Harvest Alphabet

Product Details

  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310711800

Author's Biography

Kathy-jo Wargin is the bestselling author of more than 45 books such as the children's classic The Legend of Sleeping Bear, 2001 IRA Children's Choice Award Winner The Legend of the Loon, IRA Teacher's Choice Award Winner Win One for the Gipper, Bank Street College of Education Best Book Listee The Voyageur's Paddle, and newly released Alfred Nobel, The Man Behind the Peace Prize.

Inside the jacket Flap:

When Kathy-jo Wargin was a young girl, each night after dinner, her mother let her choose between washing the dishes or writing a poem. Before long, she decided that if she grew up to be a writer, she wouldn't have to do any dishes. She has since learned that even though she has published more than twenty award-winning books for children, she still has to wash the dishes. Kathy-jo lives in Michigan with her husband and son Jake.

About the book:

Oh, how I love this delightful children's book from the start! The warm Autumn earth tone illustrations introduce us to the fall season with an abundant harvest of apples and Indian corn to pumpkins and quilting bees! I personally love pumpkin patches, the color of orange, quilting with friends and enjoying my garden. Yawn Ariel Pang cheerfully illustrates the joy and extra fun of country living on the faces of the children!

Kathy-jo is a very talented author who brilliantly weaves the heart of autumn in a beautiful rhyming text. Two messages are clearly stated by the author that every parent and grandparent loves to share with little ones and that is learning the alphabet and hearing of God's love for us each and every day, especially celebrating God's richest harvest blessings together! I love this book! 5 stars! Worth reading!

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—Whimsical acrylic cartoons show busy children and animals in an alphabet-based text that emphasizes God's presence in the season: "The bright Jack-o'-lantern with its friendly, big grin/reminds us God's love is a light from within"; "…over the Scarecrow, all stuffed with hay./A reminder that God watches us each day." A barn dance, a quilting bee, and a hayride provide nostalgic scenes for children to consider, along with imaginative background details of animals reading, making beds, selling cookies, raking, and catching nuts in nets. Innocent faces, clear colorful shapes, and a smooth rhyming text that conveys the awe and joy of the season make this a sweet, gentle book for family and church settings.—Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
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Warmest Regards,

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