[I received a review copy of this book from the author. No other compensation was received.]
What do you do when you are 95 years old and someone destroys your pumpkin patch that you’ve been working on for the past six months? Well, if you’re Maezie, you get upset and then you decide that you’re not going to let it defeat you. This beautiful and inspiring story about how a community rallies with Maezie to rebuild an even more magnificent pumpkin patch will delight and inspire you and your little ones.
Title: Maezie’s Pumpkin Patch
Author: Lynn Martin Snowden
Illustrator: Kyle Sydney Powell
Petunia Publications, 2014, Narrative Nonfiction ISBN: 978-0991492909
Suitable For Ages: 3 – 8+
Community, Gardening, Triumph Over Adversity
“It was one month until the pumpkin contest, and Maezie was working hard in her patch making sure all of her pumpkins were the biggest they could be. This year she was dreaming of a winner.”
Maezie loves to garden and works hard to grow prize-winning pumpkins. Unfortunately, Maezie comes out one morning to find that her pumpkin patch has been vandalized. All of her pumpkins are either stolen, smashed, or broken. The community rallies behind Maezie and with time, patience, help, and personal resolve — Maezie and her neighbors grow an even more magnificent pumpkin patch.
Links To Resources:
- On Maezie’s Pumpkin Patch’s website there are resources galore! There is a maze, coloring pages, a word search, a reading guide for teachers, and a writing guide for teachers — all addressing the Common Core.
- Visit a pumpkin patch near you
- Watch a Giant Pumpkin Grow Before Your Very Eyes!
- Volunteer or Organize Your Own Great American Clean Up
Why I Like Maezie’s Pumpkin Patch and Why You Should Read It:
- It’s an encouraging and real story about perseverance after adversity.
- It emphasizes that success takes a long time. This is an important reminder and lesson for everyone. (It takes an entire year for Maezie’s pumpkin patch to be regrown after the vandalism.)
- This is one of the few stories I’ve read that portrays how much time and patience bouncing back and success can take.
- It led to a great conversation about time with my son. It was a lot of me asking him “Do you remember when we…?” and then telling him that it was six months ago or three months ago. “That’s how long Maezie had been working on her garden.”
- The story is told in an engaging and realistic way. The narrative is clear and speaks to children and adults in a warm and intelligent tone.
- It definitely addresses Maezie’s heartbreak of having her pumpkins smashed, but it doesn’t dwell on it. Yes, something bad happened, but Maezie’s resolution is very refreshing in how she just doesn’t let it defeat her.
- The acrylic and pen drawings are beautiful. The illustrations do a wonderful job of setting the tone of the story and emanating Maezie’s essence. There are some fun and subtle illustrations that add a touch of magic and whimsy.
- Maezie is 95 years old and still out gardening and growing pumpkins! It’s inspirational! I want to be growing prize-winning pumpkins when I am 95!
- At the end of the book are Maezie’s Pumpkin Growing Tips along with Maezie’s favorite types of pumpkins.
Where to Get it:
- [Affiliate Link] Amazon.com
- [Author’s Website] MaeziesPumpkinPatch.com
- [Independent Bookstore] Not available at IndieBound yet, but ask your local bookseller.
- Facebook.com (You can see inside images, pictures of Maezie, and her pumpkins!)
More Reviews of this Book:
- More Reviews on MaeziesPumpkinPatch.com
Where Obtained: I received a review copy from one of the authors. No other compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”