Rotten Pumpkin

Rotten Pumpkin

[a Rotten Tale in 15 Voices]

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
1939547032
Branch Call Number: j577.1 SCH NVD
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 21 x 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Kuhn, Dwight

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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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