With fall just around the corner, you may be looking for Halloween or other seasonal stories to share with your children. A great one to consider is Linda Nance’s “The Pumpkin Field”. This picture book was both written and illustrated by Linda, and she is certainly one gifted storyteller.
So what is “The Pumpkin Field” about? It is a catchy little rhyming story that brings out the best and spookiest parts of autumn. From the bare, skeletal trees to the black cats, magical scarecrows and spooky witches, this story literally has it all. And of course, there are lots of pumpkins to be found as well!
I know it can be hard to pick just the right kind of spooky, but not-too-scary book for your kids. This one has an edge of fright, just enough to give you a little shiver, but is certainly not violent or terrifying. Even the smallest ears will be fine listening to this little tale.
The pictures that accompany the story are well-drawn, but definitely have a handmade feel to them. No computer generated graphics here! However, I find this style of art quite charming and a welcome change from the overly digitized picture books that are often produced today. Art like this has a homey feel to it, one that makes you want to curl up with a blanket in front of the fireplace and get lost in the story.