Recently, Little Miss H and I have been filled with colds and viruses. So sadly I did not manage to get the review for Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and Lorena Alvarez up in time for Halloween. Which is a pity as this book would have been perfect for the spookiest day of the year.
This is a great book and has become one of Little Miss H’s favourites. She often asks for it at bedtime and I have no doubt that we will be reading it to her throughout the year. With this is mind, I decided to plough on with the review anyway.
Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere
One autumnal morning a few weeks ago, Little Miss H and I wrapped up warm, filled with a bag with yummy bagels, drinks, rugs and her new book and went to have a picnic in the garden. We had a fabulous time and Little Miss H fell in love with this fun and colourful book.
It is filled with bright and beautiful illustrations. The front cover even has glitter on it and glitter is always a hit with Little Miss H.
The short paper book tells the story of four children going trick-or-treating and joining in a pumpkin parade. The book is simple for Little Miss H to understand and is an engaging and non-scary way to introduce the concept of Halloween.
Little Miss loved looking at the different facial expressions on the pumpkins and pointing out the pumpkin bat, cat, wolf and spider. She frequently recites from the book.
Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere has been a brilliant tool to help Little Miss H understand emotions. She can now identify a sad, happy and confused face. She also loves counting the number of Jack o’Lanterns on a page and spotting all the different animals and children in costumes.
This is a lovely book and it made me so happy over Halloween to hear Little Miss H chanting “pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere” every time we passed a Jack o’lantern. And the few hours we spent in the garden eating bagels and reading this book were some of the most precious moments I have shared with Little Miss H.
I was sent this book as part of the Parragon Book Buddies Programme but all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.