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The Pumpkin Seed's Secret: A Life Cycle Poem

The Pumpkin Seed's Secret: A Life Cycle Poem

By Hannah Barnaby and Illustrated by Cédric Abt


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A pumpkin life cycle book with hominess and heart!

In this rhyming picture book about the life cycle of a pumpkin, a pumpkin becomes something new with each turn of the page, from a flower to a house to a face. Extensive back matter on the pumpkin life cycle, fun pumpkin facts, and a pumpkin seed recipe are included. A perfect book for both home and school libraries. An excellent gift for Halloween or any time of year!

A pumpkin is a seed.

A plain little seed with a secret inside,

A pocket, a pip with a new life to hide.

To hide and to hold

As springtime unfolds,

A pumpkin begins as a seed.

A pumpkin is a sprout.

A curious sprout with one leaf and then two,

A budding, a nudging, a slow peekaboo.

Happy for rain

And sunshine again,

A pumpkin pops out as a sprout.

About the contributor(s)

Hannah Barnaby worked as a children’s book editor, independent bookseller, and book reviewer before becoming the first children’s writer-in-residence at the Boston Public Library. Her first young adult novel, Wonder Show, was a William C. Morris Award Finalist and her second, Some of the Parts, received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. She is the author of the Monster & Boy chapter book series, illustrated by Anoosha Syed, and several picture books, including Home Is. . ., illustrated by Frann Preston Gannon. Hannah has an MA in Children’s Literature from Simmons College and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. She has taught multiple workshops at Highlights and regional SCBWI conferences, as well as picture book and chapter book intensives at the Writing Barn and two 12x12 webinars. Hannah lives in Charlottesville, VA with her family.

Cédric Abt was born in France in 1988. He studied graphic art at the ESA, Grande Ecole of Arts, in Tournai, Belgium and later became a freelance illustrator. His work, first exclusively traditional, became more and more a mix of traditional and digital techniques: acrylic paint, pencil drawing, watercolors, collage, and Photoshop. His creative journey is often based on human nature, environmental nature, and childhood. Cédric works on children’s books, CD jackets, novel covers, illustrations for concert cinemas, and animation. He currently lives in Brittany, closest to nature and the sea.

Book details

ISBN: 9781728279190
Publisher: Sourcebooks Explore
Date published:
Page count: 40
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction / Science & Nature / Flowers & Plants, Juvenile Nonfiction / Concepts / Seasons, and Juvenile Nonfiction / Holidays & Celebrations / Halloween
Ages: 4 to 8

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