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The Bumpy Little Pumpkin

The Bumpy Little Pumpkin

by Margery Cuyler Illustrated by Will Hillenbrand

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.

4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Interest Level
Grades PreK - 3
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Number of Pages

About the Author and Illustrator

Margery Cuyler Margery Cuyler is the author of more than thirty children's books. Her works range from picture books to poetry to nonfiction texts.
Will Hillenbrand Will Hillenbrand is an illustrator of children's books.

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