- Ready for Pumpkins published by Alfred Knopf Publishing
- Written by: Kate Duke
- Illustrated by: Kate Duke
- We recommend this book for kids ages 4 and up
What It Is
Hercules is the pet guinea pig in a first grade classroom. "Herky," as the kids affectionately call him, wants to grow plants just like the students do. He sneaks some pumpkins seeds away during the class' annual jack-o-lantern carving party. When living with the teacher during summer vacation, Herky secretly plants them in her backyard. Then, he waits and waits. When it's back-to-school time, Herky's pumpkins aren't quite ready and he is very sad to leave them in the yard. One day, the teacher's father visits the class with pumpkins that have mysteriously grown in their backyard and Herky is very happy. He grabs some seeds from one of the new pumpkins while the students carve it, and the cycle begins again.
Is It Fun?
Pumpkin picking time is here and this is a fun way to celebrate fall. The illustrations and story are charming, and kids will enjoy hearing how pumpkins grow. Hercules' story is also a lesson in patience when it comes to gardening or growing your own pumpkins.
Who It’s For
Children ages four and older will love this book in the classroom or at home. Hercules' story may even hold a younger child's attention and is a good one to check out seasonally at your local library.
What To Be Aware Of
The kids will want to run out to the local pumpkin patch after this book!