"Too Many Pumpkins" by Linda White and illustrated by Megan Lloyd is a fun read-aloud for fall and pumpkin season. Pumpkins are beginning to show up in the supermarkets and organizations will soon be ready for pumpkin patches around communities. This fun story also teaches the concept of sharing.
Rebecca Estella ate so many food dishes with pumpkin that her mom prepared during her childhood that she definitely did not like pumpkins when she grew up. One day a large pumpkin rolled into her yard, and she covered it up with dirt so that she could not see it. The following fall she had a yard full of new pumpkins. She decided not to waste them, so she began to prepare delicious dishes like the ones she remembered as a child. She used the remaining pumpkins to carve jack-o-lanterns for all of her neighbors. She also shared the delicious treats with her neighbors. She saved the seeds for the following fall crop of pumpkins.
The watercolor and pen illustrations add to the appeal of this story. Children will enjoy the idea of cooking with pumpkins, and you might like to prepare the following easy recipe to share with friends and neighbors as Rebecca Estelle did in "Too Many Pumpkins".
"Too Many Pumpkins" is recommended for ages 4-8, and was published by Holiday House, Inc. It has an ISBN of 9780823413201.
EASY PUMPKIN BUTTER
*1 29 oz. can pumpkin puree(you can prepare from fresh pumpkin iin blender if you choose)
*3/4 cup apple juice'
*2 teaspoons ground ginger
*1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
*1 1/2 cups white sugar
*2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
*1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Directions: Combine pumpkin, apple juice, spices, and sugar in a large saucepan. Stir well. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes until thickened. Stir frequently. Transfer to clean containers (baby food jars are great). This makes a great holiday gift for friends and families.