Press: Live Oak Media (NY); Pck edition (April 30, 1997)
Author Name:White, Linda; Lloyd, Megan;
With countless unwelcome pumpkins to deal with, Rebecca Estelle turns disaster into a celebration.
One day, years and years later, white-haired Rebecca was busy not eating pumpkins when--SPLAT--a giant pumpkin fell off an overloaded truck and smashed into her yard.
She buried the mess so she wouldn't have to look at it, and, as you might imagine, she witnessed a bumper crop the following fall, "Too Many Pumpkins".
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3-Golden autumn hues cast their warm glow throughout this humorous harvest tale.
Rebecca Estelle, having survived on various pumpkin dishes during her poor childhood, hates them so much that when a pumpkin accidentally falls into her yard, she shovels dirt over it so she won't have to see or think about it again.
In spite of all her efforts to the contrary, she is "rewarded" with a yard full of bright orange globes the following fall.
Not willing to let the windfall go to waste, she once again prepares the dishes she detested as a child, carves jack-o-lanterns from the remaining pile, and then thoroughly enjoys the fellowship of her neighbors lured by the glow of the mischievous carvings.
And, of course, Rebecca Estelle saves seeds for next year's planting.
Lloyd snuggles White's text into her rich watercolor-and-pen illustrations.
Nature's determined bounty spills from formal borders and is tinged with just the right touch of realism to contrast with the cartoonlike Rebecca Estelle and her feline companion.
The vocabulary and sentence structure calls for solid independent readers, but the large horizontal format packed with engaging fun makes this title an ideal harvest/Halloween read-aloud.Claudia Cooper, Ft.
Stockton Independent School District, TXCopyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Rebecca Estelle hates pumpkins.
As a poor child, she ate them all the time.
The last thing she wants to do is grow them; but a huge pumpkin falls off a truck, spilling its seeds, and the next fall, she has pumpkins.
Lots of them.
The fun comes in watching this sprightly woman deal with her orange nemesis.
She decides she'd better bake, and so she does until her kitchen is packed with pumpkin pies, bread, puddings, muffins--then she has to get the goodies out of her house.
She carves the rest of the pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns that light the way for the neighbors.
Soon everything is gone except for a few pumpkin seeds, which Rebecca Estelle decides to plant after all.
The story and art brim with life and laughter, just as the kitchen spills over with treats.
Rebecca Estelle comes across as very real: cranky, generous, and willing to make the best of a bad situation.
An excellent fall read-aloud.
A fine harvest and Halloween story.
About the Author
Megan Lloyd illustrated Too Many Pumpkins, and Too Many Turkeys.
Lloyd lives in Pennsylvania.Linda White is the author of Too Many Pumpkins and Too Many Turkeys.
White lives in Colorado.
An eccentric old lady really hates pumpkins, so you can imagine her dismay when a veritable field grows in her yard.
Finding them too heavy to give away, she cooks them into bread.
Then she lures the townspeople in.
The choice of a male narrator is puzzling because the entire story is from a woman's point of view.
The narrator raises his voice to a squeaky pitch when she expresses dismay.
His voice is more suited to the parts of the male townspeople who visit.
There are clear page-turning signals, and the orange tape makes it easy for young children to match it to the book.
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