The Fierce Yellow Pumpkin
Margaret Wise Brown & Richard Egielski
HarperCollins, 2006 (2003)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
ou can't go wrong with Margaret Wise Brown's words, and Richard Egielski's rich, earth-hued illustrations bring them to life in this timeless tale of '
a small pumpkin in a great big field
' who wanted to grow up to be '
as fierce as the sun that warmed his fat round sides
', and to '
scare the field mice out of the field like the scarecrow does.
hen came Fall bringing '
a burning smell of leaves in the air and a crisp tingle that tickled the fat little pumpkin's sides.
' The wind blew so strongly that the old scarecrow lost an eye, and the little pumpkin changed to '
The color of the sun. A fierce, burning color.
' Then three children picked him to be their '
' They carried him home, hollowed him out, and carved a fearsome face - which pleased him enormously.
fter dark, the children lit a candle inside the ferocious pumpkin, and put him outside, where he happily sang: '
Ho, ho ho! / He, he, he! / Mice will run / when they see me.
' What do you think they did?
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