Young Reader in the Making

Young Reader in the Making

Friday, October 11, 2013

Book 236: Oh My, Pumpkin Pie!

Oh My, Pumpkin Pie!, written by Charles Ghigna, illustrated by Kenneth Spengler, Random House 2005.  Preschool to Early Elementary.

It is always a delight to read a poem by Charles Ghigna, no matter what the context.  But a poem in Easy Reader form, about pumpkins, and read in mid-October?  That is enchanting.

This poem is about pumpkins, so, as expected, Hallowe'en makes an appearance, but this is not a poem about Hallowe'en.  It is perfect for reading now, almost three weeks before Hallowe'en, and it will be perfect for reading well into November.  Unlike most Easy Reader books, Ghigna wrote a poem suited for young readers; he did not write an Easy Reader book in forced verse.  There is a difference:  one is poetry, the other is doggerel.

Kenneth Spengler's illustrations are perfectly suited for the text.  They convey so much joy and delight that they make me want to make a pumpkin pie, or pumpkin bread, or pumpkin cookies.

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