Rotten Pumpkin

Rotten Pumpkin

Book - 2013
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After a jack-o-lantern's night in the spotlight, it gets discarded in the garden, where different animals, bugs, fungi, worms, slime molds, and microbes feed off of it and break it down into the soil, where its nutrients help a pumpkin seed grow.
Publisher: [Berkeley, Calif.] : Creston Books, c2013
ISBN: 9781939547033
Branch Call Number: JEN 577.1 SCH
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 21 x 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Kuhn, Dwight

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JCLBeckyC Oct 19, 2018

This is my favorite "Halloween" book, but it's actually a great book to read any time of the year. Yes, it's rotten. Yes, it's gross. But it's also beautiful in its telling of the life cycle of a pumpkin. Thank you, decomposers, for the hard work you do! "The molds and rots, the earthworms and sowbugs, the many fungi, yeast, and bacteria. Even flies, birds, squirrels, mice, and slugs do their part. With decomposers working, working, working non-stop, the earth is a fruitful place." This book is a warm fuzzy (of the moldy kind). Highly recommended for kids who want to know everything about everything, the grosser the better.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Oct 21, 2013

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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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Oct 21, 2013

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

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Oct 21, 2013

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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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Oct 21, 2013

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

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