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We Planted a Pumpkin

Written by Rob Ramsden

Illustrated by Rob Ramsden

Part of the In the Garden Series

Early Years Family / Home Stories General Fiction Gardening The Natural World General Non-Fiction Books for Outdoor Activities: Gardening, Wildlife, Birdwatching and more...

LoveReading View on We Planted a Pumpkin

A gorgeous book to share with the very young and likely to be the start of many adventures in the garden

Rob Ramsden is an exciting new arrival on the picture book scene and We Planted a Pumpkin is a really lovely book, just the thing to get young children excited about nature, eager to plant seeds and see them grow. It stars two very young gardeners and follows them through the process of planting a pumpkin seed, from watching and impatiently waiting for it to grow as the seasons change. The children bring liveliness and action to every scene, but there’s always lots going on – new shoots appearing, mini-beasts flying in and out. Though it feels beautifully simple, it’s actually chockful of information and opportunities for learning.  A gorgeous book to share with the young and likely to be the start of many adventures in the garden.

Andrea Reece

We Planted a Pumpkin Synopsis

Third in a now established collection of stories which encourage young children to relate to and appreciate the natural world. Young readers will enjoy following the journey from tiny seed to fat, orange pumpkin, as the two protagonists grow a pumpkin in time for Halloween. Will the pumpkin ripen in time?

As the children are seen tending to their plant, we explore their emotions: enthusiasm, anxiety, joy and a finally a sense of achievement. This book shares with young readers the delight of working with nature, and shows the need to be patient; it delights in the anticipation every child feels while preparing for Halloween.

We Planted a Pumpkin Press Reviews

Praise for I Saw a Bee:

‘Conveys its crucial environmental message without a hint of preachiness’ Books for Keeps

‘Young children will love the vibrant illustrations and simple, rhythmic text’ The Oldie.

Praise for We Found a Seed:

‘Be sure to get hold of a copy…the perfect accompaniment to any autumnal growing you may have planned’ Teach Early Years

‘Perfect for encouraging little ones to find their green fingers, get their knees muddy and have a wonderful time’ North Somerset Teachers Book Award


Book Information

ISBN: 9781912650385
Publication date: 3rd September 2020
Author: Rob Ramsden
Illustrator: Rob Ramsden
Publisher: Scallywag Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Year Groups: Early Years
Topics: Family / Home Stories, General Fiction, Gardening, The Natural World, General Non-Fiction, Out and About

About Rob Ramsden

A graduate of the MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, Rob Ramsden lives in Suffolk and teaches graphic illustration and animation to pupils from 5 years old to university level. Rob set up Fictional Space, a screen printing studio in Suffolk dedicated to collaboration, editions and limited-edition publications.

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