I had fun with kindergarten today! And we all learned something new and surprising about pumpkins (plus one student lost a tooth in the middle of it all)!
I had just unpacked a new book, How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? by Wendell Minor.
I loved the front cover and the bright, amazing illustrations–especially the page about Texas. Here’s a sneak peek inside the book with a book trailer.
Did you see them having a boat regatta in giant pumpkins? Wow! I wondered if that really could happen.
So I checked it out on YouTube. And guess what? There really are pumpkin regattas! Can you imagine riding in a giant pumpkin boat?
Before I read the book to a kindergarten class, we watched this video, skipping the ad and watching about 20 seconds or so, starting at 12 seconds in, with the sound muted. (You could watch the whole video if you had time, but we got the idea in about 20 seconds.) I told the students to guess what the boats are made out of, but not to shout out the answer. After they had figured it out, we talked about how fun that would be, to ride in a giant pumpkin boat, and then I read the book.
Finally, we talked about what a giant pumpkin could do at our school, and I heard some great imaginations at work. Again, if we’d had more time, this would have been a terrific prompt to write and illustrate.
Do you have this book in your library? If not, maybe you could borrow it from the public library. It would have been a great October read-aloud, but I think it makes a great November book, too! (just think of a giant pumpkin pie!)