Patty's Pumpkin Patch
written and illustrated by Teri Sloat
Available in paperback from Scholastic!
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School Library Journal: This book will be a
definite hit with those who have the opportunity to select their
own Halloween pumpkins, but even children who have never set foot
on such a farm can share the experience through the vivid illustrations
done in acrylic and oil pastel
Sloat's work will be enjoyed
by older viewers as well as their young siblings.
Cincinnati Enquirer: Readers follow a pumpkin
patch's life and get a lesson in the ABC's to boot. Illustrated
letters at the bottom of each page depict animals, insects and the
patch's world of life from A to Z. Above each letter are bright
acrylic paintings of the ever-changing garden. The jaunty rhyming
text is simple and cheery.
SF Chronicle Book Review: The alphabetically
unfolding crittersant, beetle, crow, dragonfly
way up to the yellow jacket and zebra butterfly, remind us that
a pumpkin patch is crowded habitat even before customers pull up
in their cars.
Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books:
One of those books that rank high on the useful scale; pumpkin patchers
and parents will happily embrace it.
Booklist: Sloat's rhymes will attract
even the most squirmy kids.
About the Book
Patty is my cousin and she is two
years older than I am, so we were not great friends while we were
growing up. She always knew more, and she'd already done everything
by the time I did it. She could play the piano and she had boyfriends
first and we were togethera lot.
One of the things she did not like to do was to work
in the family garden that was planted between her house and our
grandparent's house. She did not like getting her hands dirty. I
didn't mind it at all and was fascinated with plants that grew and
with the animals around the garden. We have pumpkin patches all
around us where we live, and I still love the idea that when you
look at a garden or pumpkin patch you are looking at the home of
so many animals.
Pat and I are still growing up, but we are close friends
now. Can you imagine how surprised I was a few years ago to find
out that she and her husband raised pigs, and she loved those pigs?
Let's seePatty's Pigs
how would that be? (With
all the pigs she's raised, it should be a counting book, I think.)
- Create a pumpkin alphabet where the letters are
cut from the pumpkin.
- Create a rhyming story about other vegetables,
e.g. teeny-weeny zucchini.
- Have a giant pumpkin contest, based on circumference,
as well and weight and height.
- Plant pumpkin seeds and see how they sprout.
- Visit a pumpkin patch and have the students keep
a journal of all the different animals that they see.
- Tell the story that goes with each letter in Patty's
Pumpkin Patch with one word, e.g. plowing.