Ready for Pumpkins

By Kate Duke
(Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375870682, 40pp.)

Publication Date: August 28, 2012

List Price: $16.99*
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Description
A classroom guinea pig finds a way to plant his own garden in this funny tale of pumpkins and patience.
After watching the first graders grow plants from seeds, Hercules, the class guinea pig, is inspired. He wants to grow things, too
With the help of a rabbit named Daisy, Hercules plants his seeds and waits. And waits and waits. . . . He learns that growing things takes more than seeds and soil, sun and rain. It takes patience. But sometimes having to wait makes the reward even sweeter.
Duke's story brims with humor of both the classroom and animal-buddy varieties, and her featherlight paintings capture every ounce of Herky's enthusiasm, impatience, and eventual satisfaction. "PW, " starred review.



About the Author
Kate Duke was the author and illustrator of many award-winning picture books as well as Archaeologists Dig for Clues in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series.


Praise For Ready for Pumpkins

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, July 9, 2012
"Duke’s story brims with humor of both the classroom and animal-buddy varieties, and her featherlight paintings capture every ounce of Herky’s enthusiasm, impatience, and eventual satisfaction."

School LIbrary Journal, June 2012
"Herky is expressively drawn and adorable. This title will join the list of pumpkin classics so popular every fall."
 
Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2012
"As Herky says, “…you can’t stay sad for long when you have had a garden”—nor when you have read about Herky and his first gardening experience."

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