Friday, October 18, 2019

Pumpkins, Paint and Poetry

painted pumpkin patch
Hello and Happy Poetry Friday! Be sure to visit Jama's Alphabet Soup for what I am sure will be a beautiful- delicious Roundup!
Each year my community has a Fall Festival with pumpkin painting, hay ride, petting zoo, inflatables, cake walk, silent auction, food, and more... it's a lot of fun!
This year it started raining about an hour into our festivities, so many folks packed up and went home. But we sure had a good time while it lasted! And it reminded me to share about a couple of pumpkin-y books I've read recently (which is kind of weird, because usually I am not so timely in my reading!):

PICK A PUMPKIN by Patricia Toht, illus. by Jarvis, brought to us by Candlewick is one long poem for the wee ones that perfectly captures the experience of visiting a pumpkin patch and choosing just the right one and turning it into a jack-o-lantern. Lovely!

... and PUMPKINHEADS by Rainbow Rowell, illus. by Faith Erin Hicks, brought to us by First Second. It's a graphic novel about teens who work at a pumpkin patch. In true Rainbow Rowell style, it's also a sweet love story.

I also received in the mail a delicious cornucopia of Halloweenie treasure from Michelle Kogan! You can find them at her etsy shop.

I'm kind of enchanted by white pumpkins lately... you can learn more about them here. And here is a wee poem:

ghost pumpkin
smolders –
spooks no one

- Irene Latham


  1. A perfectly pumpkiny celebration of the season, Irene! I love that painted pumpkin patch. I've never seen a ghost pumpkin before, but we do have a silver one that glows nicely in the moonlight. Thanks for sharing all the seasonal treats too. Much better than candy, even!

  2. We painted pumpkin characters from books one year when I was teaching. It was delightful! Jack and I loved Pick a Pumpkin. It's lovely! Happy haunting with all those seasonal treats.

  3. Thanks for all the pumpkin goodness. I know what you mean about those white pumpkins . . . :) Looking forward to reading Rowell's new book.

  4. Fun pumpkiny menagerie Irene–love those rainbow colored pumpkins! I do like those white pumpkins too, and your poem gives it wonderful character. Thanks for sharing your cards from my shop! xo

  5. I did not know white pumpkins were a thing--love your glowing, smoldering ghost!

  6. Oh, that little ghost really wants to scare somebody. But, it's tough when you're so cute. I love that pumpkins have become part of our every day. They look good and taste good too!

  7. Love the ghost pumpkin poem! It rained during out Fall Festival this year too. I just love this time of year!

  8. Lovely cornucopia of the season! I especially like Michelle's painted white pumpkin. :-) (I was sent off on a tangent by wondering why I wanted to put a "u" in "smolder." Another instance of learning to spell from British books, I fear!)

  9. I love all the pumpkins. I need to find a copy of Pick a Pumpkin. Everything I hear about it is so delightful. And a graphic novel by Rainbow Rowell--awesome!

  10. Love your wee poem and your pumpkin book recommendations, Irene.

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