Five Little Pumpkins by Ben Mantle
Five Little Pumpkins? The classic poem is a staple in preschool classrooms and homes this time of year. I have seen numerous versions in print, but this newest release is one of the cutest yet!
Five darling little pumpkins of various shapes and sizes wander into a haunted wood filled with friendly witches, cuddly black cats, and smiling ghosts. By the end of the poem they roll out of the dark and spooky - but entirely non-frightening - forest and off into the sunset.
While I could do without the ghosts, I appreciate how the illustrator took "spooky" characters and rendered them harmless with sweet and friendly faces. My girls and I love the illustrations, and we all got a kick out of the "out went the light" page which shows the pumpkins shining brilliantly as jack-o-lanterns. I can't wait to read it again after we carve a jack-o-lantern of our own!
Pillsbury Pumpkin Cookies
I'm in the middle of getting our house ready to sell, so time for elaborate crafts and messy projects is at a minimum. Yet I also want to make the point that literary-themed activities don't have to be complicated or uber-creative.
Taking five minutes to read a book together and then acting out the story with store-bought cookie dough can be just as enriching as anything the most creative educator could conceive.
It's simply about teaching your children to love literature and time together... and of course a good cookie or two!
Disclaimer: Five Little Pumpkins was provided to me courtesy of Tiger Tails Books free of charge in exchange for a review. This does not in any way influence my review.