26.8.16

Children's Book Review of Pumpkin Patch Blessings and a Giveaway!

by Sally Matheny

Pumpkin Patch Blessings
Are you looking forward to autumn? I saw an eager, yellow leaf parachuting from a tree yesterday. The apples are almost ripe for picking, and soon the pumpkins will follow. In anticipation of the refreshingly cool air, I’m reviewing a children’s book, Pumpkin Patch Blessings, today. Also, someone will receive a blessing and win a free copy of the book!

Pumpkin Patch Blessings, written by Kim Washburn and illustrated by Jacqueline East, is published by Zonderkidz.

Soft lines and colors fill this fourteen-page, board book. Children will take delight scouring the pages for illustrations of God’s creations—plants, animals, and people. On most pages, there is a dog and a bunny. Children will enjoy searching for them throughout the book.

The story centers around two children visiting a pumpkin farm. Through the story, readers” hear” the crunch of the leaves, “smell and taste” roasted corn on the cob, and “feel” the multi-textures of pumpkins. The rhyming verses recount many more sensory experiences before ending with pumpkin pies at home.

Another feature of the book I liked was the inclusion of more than one ethnic group in the book. 

One additional note, two jack-o-lanterns are inserted on the last page. Nothing in the book mentions, or alludes to, Halloween or jack-o-lanterns. In fact, the whole book focuses on God’s creation. Nonetheless, two small jack-o-lanterns nestle in among the rest of the pumpkins on the last page. Some pumpkins are plain. Others have carved-out circles and shapes with light shining through. 

Overall, children will enjoy this beautiful book. The rich vocabulary makes it a wonderful book for ages 4-6. The durable design and colorful illustrations provide an entertaining book for younger children as well.

Who would like to win this book?

*All you have to do is tell us what part of God’s creation do you enjoy the most during the autumn season. We will announce the winner on Sept. 2!



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255




14 comments:

  1. I love the every thing pumpkin spice and apples!

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    1. Ah, the smells and tastes of autumn! Those are some of my favorites, too, Marcie! Thanks for sharing. Your name goes is in the drawing!

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  2. All of it! The fall season is my favorite!

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    1. It's my favorite, too. Thanks for commenting. Your name is in the hat!

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  3. I love all of the trees changing colors.

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    1. Not everyone gets to enjoy that. It is a blessing! Thanks, Melinda!

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  4. I love the fall colors on the mountains and the crisp air. Autumn is my favorite season, so much so I named my daughter Autumn, though she was born in spring.

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    1. What a beautiful name. Thanks, for sharing, Gail. Have a blessed autumn season!

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  5. Fall is such a beautiful season. The changing colors, crisp air and of course the harvest. Fall is a great reminder of all the blessings we have to be thankful for when we bring in our harvest. My littles would love this book. Thank you for the chance to win.

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    1. You're most welcome, Nic. Thanks for stopping by and sharing what blesses you in the autumn season. Your name is in the hat for the drawing.

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  6. I love everything about Autumn! It's my favorite time of the year!

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    1. You sound like a fall fan for sure! :) Thanks for participating, Shana.

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  7. I love the color change of the trees!

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    1. God is quite an exquisite artist, isn't he? Thanks for commenting, Rebecca!

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