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October 03 , 2010

Ready for Pumpkins


A classroom guinea pig finds a way to plant his own garden in this funny tale of pumpkins and patience.
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This little work is designed, not merely to interest and amuse the juvenile reader, but to give him instruction, by exemplifying the principles of honest integrity, and plain practical good sense, in their application to the ordinary circumstances of childhood.

After watching the first graders grow plants from seeds, Hercules, the class guinea pig, is inspired. He wants to grow things, too!

With the help of a rabbit named Daisy, Hercules plants his seeds and waits. And waits and waits. . . . He learns that growing things takes more than seeds and soil, sun and rain. It takes patience. But sometimes having to wait makes the reward even sweeter.

“Duke’s story brims with humor of both the classroom and animal-buddy varieties, and her featherlight paintings capture every ounce of Herky’s enthusiasm, impatience, and eventual satisfaction.” —PW, starred review

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