Pumpkin Heads
by Wendell Minor


Pumpkin Heads

This book delivers exactly what the title promises: pumpkin heads! Detailed illustrations present a range of jack-o-lantern faces, from cowboys to witches to snowmen. The concept is super simple -- just different jack o' lanterns with simple sentences on the facing page -- but it's a great fit for the audience.

School Library Journal ended it's review of this book by promising that "this visually stunning book is sure to be a favorite autumn read-aloud."

I saw that one of the reviewers on Amazon said that this book is great for using with recent immigrants / ESOL students who are not familiar with American Halloween traditions. That's a brilliant idea! Just explaining that people carve faces on pumpkins.... somehow that misses the magic of the activity. But, this book provides a fun, silly introduction to the magic of jack o' lanterns. :)

Reading Levels
Interest Level:  Preschool - Gr.  1         DRA Level:  5-6                  Lexile: 130L
Grade Equivalent: 1.3                           Guided Reading:  D

See inside
Below are two sample spreads from inside this simple but fun book. You can see the text is minimal.  Yet...the kids find the book totally delightful! :)  And, as these sample pages show, some jack o'lanterns are proper pumpkin versions while others are on the less traditional side.

Pumpkin Heads


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Pumpkin Heads Activity Idea

This is the perfect lead-in to having kids design their own pumpkin faces! Seeing the creative pumpkins in this book will get their creative juices flowing!

Don't give too many directions. Just give kids the paper and see what they come up with!  To help things along however, we did have some pre-cut pumpkin shapes and pre-cut mouth shapes. That lets kids be creative and still helps the end result look like a pumpkin. :)


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