All summer, Little Nell has tended the garden with BIG Mama, BIG Sarah, and BIG Lizzie, and finally the pumpkins are ready for Halloween. Her sisters choose smooth, round pumpkins to carve, but Little Nell likes a bumpy little one best. Sarah and Lizzie jeer, “It’s bumpy and little and ugly!” But Little Nell perseveres. With help from her animal friends, she scoops and carves it into a wonderful jack-o’-lantern! This sweet tale shows that jack-o’-lanterns, like people, come in all shapes and sizes, and that BIG ideas and a BIG heart resound in even the smallest of us.
This is a beautifully illustrated book, and I especially loved all the pictures of the pumpkin patch. The story is also enjoyable. There are no scary creatures or selfish candy hoarders in this one. Little Nell is a special little girl with some special friends that help her to carve a very different looking pumpkin. The message here is you can find beauty in everything as long as you give it a chance to blossom.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Bumpy Pumpkins