Little Miss has become completely and utterly pumpkin obsessed.
Last month we received a new book from Parragon titled Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere. She instantly fell in love with it and I think we’ve read it every single day since.
I’m ashamed to say I had to hide it for a time a few weeks ago as I just couldn’t face it again.
Growing up in the States, Halloween is a pretty big deal to me. (See Ghost of Halloween Past: 1993.) I have fond memories of trawling the catalogues every autumn (it was before the days of internet shopping, I’m not that young), folding down the pages of my favourite costumes until I’d whittled it down to the perfect outfit. I also remember Trick or Treating and how my mum always made me wear a coat or cardigan over my costume, much to my distain (#stillbitter).
So last year, Little Miss’ first Halloween, I was super excited. And then I was ill. And then Little Miss caught it. And Halloween was a total wash out. *sob*
This year, ironically, we’ve ended up not celebrating Halloween with Little Miss as it falls on a weekend we’d arranged for my mum to take her so we could have some ‘us’ time. So instead, we’re hosting a grown up party (a Halloween tradition I fully intend on installing in our family that the OH doesn’t yet know about…). While it saddens me I won’t spend Halloween with Little Miss, where we live in London isn’t geared up for Trick or Treating and she is still a bit young to truly grasp the concept.
But, that hasn’t stopped us having some pumpkin family fun all the same.
We took Little Miss to choose her pumpkin(s) at our local grocer’s, which resulted in lots of running around and squealing.
While she was napping, we gutted and carved the pumpkins for her, then refilled them with the innards and placed the carved pieces back in their holes so Little Miss could ‘carve’ them herself when she woke up.
We actually based our pumpkin faces on two from the book; Pumpkin Cheeky and Pumpkin Mad, who Little Miss is particularly fond of. As soon as you turn to that page, her face crumples into a frown exactly like that in the book and she starts shouting, “Ma! Ma!”
If you’re looking for a Halloween read for toddlers or preschoolers, I cannot recommend this book enough.
Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere has completely captured Little Miss’ imagination. The pages are filled with brightly coloured pictures, following four Trick or Treaters and their pumpkins (all donning different emotions) with simple language.
We have other books that teach ‘happy,’ ‘sad’ and basic emotions but this is the first one Little Miss has shown a true grasp of their meaning with. Her vocabulary has also increased with, ‘cat’, ‘bat’, ‘mad’, ‘cheeky’, ‘toot’ all now featuring within days of picking up this book. She knows what a wolf and spider is and though can’t say either word, she scuttles her hand like a spider on that page and howls like a wolf.
And of course, she is now well aware of pumpkins – though insists on calling them apples. Of course.