Sunday, October 7, 2012

The Jack O'Lantern Tree

The Jack O' Lantern Tree by Lina Stanek is a delightful picture book that tells the story of Jack O' Lantern who calls upon his fellow pumpkins to create a Jack O' Lantern tree. The author's choice of words is lyrical and the rhymes are natural and fun. The language is sophisticated for a picture book, but this is great for vocabulary building. Each illustration shows a group of pumpkins with distinct personalities appropriate for Halloween Jack O' Lanterns. I love the fact that the characters, even Jack, stay true to the Halloween spirit and not cutesy. The jack o' lanterns even learn not to bump each other, but to work together to make the tree come to life. I would definitely recommend this book for a preschool or even first or second grade.

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