The Ugly Pumpkin

The Ugly Pumpkin No one wants to take home the Ugly Pumpkin Sure he doesn t look like any of the other pumpkins but why does everyone have to tease him so much The poor lonely pumpkin goes in search of a place wher

  • Title: The Ugly Pumpkin
  • Author: Dave Horowitz
  • ISBN: 9780399242670
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Hardcover
  • No one wants to take home the Ugly Pumpkin Sure, he doesn t look like any of the other pumpkins, but why does everyone have to tease him so much The poor, lonely pumpkin goes in search of a place where he ll fit in and finally discovers the truth about who he is and where he belongs.

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    1. My daughter and I read this every Halloween and I think it is simply the most adorable book for children!

    2. That about sums this one up, but I'll provide a rationale:The Ugly Pumpkin is a (non) harrowing tale about a squash who thinks its a pumpkin trapped in the body of a squash. Nobody gives two shits about his plight, and he suffers abuse at the hands of an old crab apple tree. Nobody gives much of a shit about that, and you won't either. At least the author gave us a heaping pile to compensate for the apathy of the characters in the book. That's the redeeming factor. In the end, the ugly pumpkin f [...]

    3. I love this book, I read it to my kids every Halloween and we keep it in our bin with all of our Halloween decorations, so it is a book that they look forward to reading all year when we pull out the Halloween stuff. After we read this book, my kids and I decided that when we go pick out pumpkins at the pumpkin patch, we always try to find the ugliest pumpkin we can find to buy and take home with us, because even the ugly pumpkins have a place in our home ;)

    4. I read this during a Thanksgiving-themed storytime and the kids seemed to like it. There wasn't much to foster interaction, but the pictures were interesting and kept their attention. There is also enough humor to keep kids amused. Some of it is a little darker, so it may not be for all audiences, but my group ranged from ages 1 to 11.As for use during storytime, it was fairly easy to read aloud and at an angle. I was able to play up their confusion about why we were reading a book that seemed t [...]

    5. The Ugly Duckling story is re-imagined with gourds and a hipper attitude. An ugly pumpkin, picked over for more attractive jack-o-lanterns, feels despondent. Then he wanders into another garden and discovers--"Oh my gosh! I'm a squash!" The fall theme and bright illustrations will make this one a seasonal hit. Although, I will say, none of the page illustrations are quite as good as the cover.Veg*n family note: The groovy gourds and seasonal produce will be appealing to plant-based families, but [...]

    6. I would recommend this book for the primary grades, second through third grade. I would categorize it as modern fantasy.This book is adorable. My mom recommended it to me, and I almost didn't read it. I judged the book by it's title, and thought that it would be mean. Since my mom told me to, I read it anyway. I am really glad that I did, because it was actually really cute. It is a great fall book and can teach students to be kind. It also promotes individuality. We shouldn't change to fit in. [...]

    7. The ugly pumpkin is sad because he doesn’t look like the others and no one picks him to be their Halloween pumpkin. After being picked on by a skeleton and a tree, he has a good cry in he rain, then stumbles upon a group of squash. The squash look like him, and he realizes “oh my gosh I’m a squash”. The squash accept him and they all sit down to eat Thanksgiving dinner together.

    8. Genre: FantasyGrade Level: preK-2nd GradeThis children's fantasy is the perfect read for young children in the fall. The story has morals and life lessons within the boundaries of a cute story. The children will learn valuable lessons while almost not even realizing it!

    9. Genre: Traditional LiteratureGrades: Pre K-5This was a neat halloween twist on the Ugly Duckling story. I should have made the connection to that story before the ugly pumpkin was revealed to be a squash the whole time, but I liked being surprised.

    10. This book is fantastic! Our poor character is an Ugly Pumpkin and doesn't exactly have a place in the world. Highly recommended if you've ever felt out of place. Both classes got this book this week. And both of them figured it out before we got to the end.

    11. Thanksgiving 2017. "Ugly Pumpkin" finds himself an outcast until he finds his place in the world. This book is a sad commentary on accepting people who are different from them. Still the book is engaging and provided discussion about how to treat others.

    12. A friend of mine bought this from a book order and I happened upon it at her house one day. It instantly became one of my favorite Halloween storiesor is it Thanksgiving.

    13. Really cute story perfect for reading aloud about a pumpkin that believes he is ugly until one day he finds out who he truly is and where he belongs.

    14. I was looking for good Halloween books and happened across this one. Though there seems to be a Halloween vibe, it makes mention of Thanksgiving and is more of an autumn book than any specific holiday.

    15. (Books for Early Readers)At first I didn't know what to expect with this book. It started with a pumpkin who was misshapen and didn't know who to hang out with, he just couldn't find the right group. Everyone he tried to hang out with or befriend started by giving him some hope, but ended up making fun of him for his odd shape. This continued for some pages and became somewhat redundant, struggling to get across what the theme was until the very end. The end of the book is what brought my enjoym [...]

    16. i read this book because it looked appealing this book fits under the category a picture booke ugly pumpkin is about a pumpkin that is really thin and is ridiculed by the other fatter pumpkins because he isnt fat like them. one day the ugly pumpkin decided to run away from his bullies during his escape he runs into some other people who also mock him for not being a fat pumpkin until he stops running and wanders into a garden which he finds other ugly pumpkins. thats when he realizes that he isn [...]

    17. This book was sweet and my students loved it!This book was recommended to me by another teacher blogger who used it for a writing activity in her classroom. I decided to check it out and see if it was legit, and it was!This was the story of an "ugly pumpkin" who waits and waits in the pumpkin patch for someone to pick him for Halloween. Instead of getting picked, he gets teased because of how ugly he is. So he leaves and ends up in a garden of squash. It's then that he declares, "Oh my gosh, I'm [...]

    18. I loved this tale of this ostracized, down-and-out gourd living a hardscrabble life, trying to catch a break and fit in somewhere, (the pumpkins reject him because he's not round) and at the end he finds his place. But I have a problem with the ending. (view spoiler)[ When he sees spaghetti squash and other kinds of squash and realizes they come in all shapes--not just round pumpkin--he says, "I'm a squash!" The line should be, "I'm a Butternut squash!" Children reading this are going to think p [...]

    19. This book was so cute, my children loved it and best of all it was about finding your path in life and fitting were you are accepted. My oldest son has autism so he loved that this "pumpkin" or so he thought starting out was so lonely he just wanted to have friends and belong. He wondered why he wasn't like the others and then he found out that there were others just like him and he was beautiful because he was a squash. My son could relate to this story in so many ways, recommend this book for [...]

    20. A fun twist on the Ugly Duckling story that is told in rhyme! The pumpkin protagonist goes through a sad fall of being rejected by jack-o'-lantern carvers and autumn-leaf peepers, only to discover by Thanksgiving that he's not so ugly after all. My only gripe with this book is that the pumpkin looks very forlorn indeed in many illustrations, which might make some toddlers and preschoolers at storytime feel uneasy or upset. I cut out the verse about the pumpkin crying all alone. Otherwise, this i [...]

    21. This cute story is a Halloween take on the Ugly Duckling tale of Hans Christian Andersen with a twist of squash! An ugly pumpkin wants to be with farm friends, which is admirable, but like the guy in the Good Samaritan tale, everyone passes him byuntil the pumpkin ends up with the squash, falls for a female squash, and celebrates Thanksgiving, which, to be honest, is a better holiday for him than something which honors Vampires, Ghosts and Goblins. Even has a hidden message you must find to appr [...]

    22. What a great story to teach little guys about self esteem and 'finding yourself' Based very loosly on the famous "Ugly Duckling" this is a very nicely written story. My nearly 4 year old granddaughter said "oh he's sad" and then at the end "He's Happy!" and she giggled and smiled. So this story is full of emotions. The pumpkin can't find a new home and is over looked and called names by many during Halloween. He starts trying to find his home and time rolls over in November he eventually finds a [...]

    23. I read this during a Thanksgiving-themed storytime and the kids seemed to like it. There wasn't much to foster interaction, but the pictures were interesting and kept their attention. There is also enough humor to keep kids amused. Some of it is a little darker, so it may not be for all audiences, but my group ranged from ages 1 to 11.As for use during storytime, it was fairly easy to read aloud and at an angle. I was able to play up their confusion about why we were reading a book that seemed t [...]

    24. Cute story for young children, the plot is similar to the Ugly Duckling. The ugly pumpkin has waited all through October for someone to bring him home, but no one seems to want him. So the poor, lonely, ugly pumpkin sets off to find someplace where he'll fit in. He discovers the truth about who he is and finds exactly where he belongs. Great illustrations and a great book to read during the fall season.

    25. One year I took on the task of finding a book to read for Thanksgiving at my church. Some members of our congregation had complained that the traditional book was too long and too "vegetarian." I ultimately chose this book for its message that we all have diffent gifts and different purposes in life.

    26. I thought this was going to be a Halloween book but it's actually for Thanksgiving (and ends by wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving).Excerpt from the book:"I am the ugly pumpkin,as you can plainly see.Of one hundred thousand pumpkins,none are quite like me.Since early in October I've been waiting to get picked,but each time things start looking up . . . I end up getting tricked."

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