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Rotten Pumpkin

Schwartz, David M.

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Rotten Pumpkin
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The amazing transformation of Jack from grinning pumpkin to mold-mottled wreckage to hopeful green shoot tells the story of decomposition. Features a teacher guide.
Publisher: [United States] : Creston Books, [2013]
ISBN: 1939547032
9781939547033
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,color illustrations ;,22 x 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Kuhn, Dwight

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The amazing transformation of Jack from grinning pumpkin to mold-mottled wreckage to hopeful green shoot tells the story of decomposition.


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Oct 21, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Who says the scariest Halloween books for kids are strictly fictional? With Rotten Pumpkin you’ve all the thrills of a typical horror story, laden with facts along the way. The hero at the top of his game. The downfall. The insidious, frankly disgusting, forces that eat away at him until he’s nothing left but a blackened husk of his former self. Oh, it’s thrilling stuff. With applications in the classroom, in the home, and on the stage, there’s nowhere this rotting corpse of a pumpkin doesn’t belong. Guaranteed to make hypochondriacs out of even the stiffest souls.

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Oct 21, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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Oct 21, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It doesn’t start off all that badly. On Halloween night a triumphant little pumpkin merrily grins at the reader. “Here I stand, bright with light, proud and round. Tonight is my glory night. Call me Jack.” Its hubris doesn’t last long. The first unwelcome visitor is a chomping chewing mouse. The next a squirrel. Then come the slugs, a fly, and most dramatically the black rot. Once the rot’s set in it’s just a question of how quickly Jack will disintegrate. Schwartz fills his story with plenty of useful information, like the fact that low temperatures don’t slow most of the fungi that eat pumpkins. Or the strange nature of the plasmodium and its odd ways. By the end we see how life begins anew, thanks in large part to the creatures that help with decomposition. A glossary of terms and useful “Classroom Investigations” are found at the end of the book.

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Oct 21, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“Here I stand, bright with light, proud and round. Tonight is my glory night. Call me Jack.”

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