Read Ready for Pumpkins by Kate Duke Online


A classroom guinea pig finds a way to plant his own garden in this funny tale of pumpkins and patience.   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 taA classroom guinea pig finds a way to plant his own garden in this funny tale of pumpkins and patience.   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...

Title : Ready for Pumpkins
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ISBN : 9780375870682
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Ready for Pumpkins Reviews

  • Amy Forrester
    2018-11-23 01:01

    Herky, the first grade class guinea pig, knows he is very lucky. He has all the food and water he could want and a classroom full of kids who love to teach him things. But then Herky watches the kids plant seeds and as the days pass the seeds grow into green beans! Now Herky knows what he wants: a garden! Luckily, Herky spends every summer at a farm in the country and luckily he’s saved some pumpkin seeds from the class pumpkin carving last year. With the help of his new friend Daisy, the rabbit, Herky plants, waters, and impatiently waits for his seeds to grow into pumpkins. Although he has to go back to the classroom before the pumpkins are done growing, he’s very busy with the new first graders and luckily, he knows he can grow more pumpkins next year.Duke’s book is targeted at the lower elementary grades that have had the experience of a class pet. The text is written from Herky’s point of view and comments are added in speech bubbles throughout the story. The watercolor, pen, and ink illustrations are realistic and soft. Herky is drawn in Duke’s classic guinea pig style and it’s amazing how much personality and emotional expression Duke is able to convey with two dot eyes and a wiggly nose. The passing of time matches up correctly with pumpkin planting and harvesting times. Full Review at Picture-Book-a-Day:

  • Arminzerella
    2018-12-06 04:46

    Hercules (Herkie) is a cute tri-colored classroom guinea pig who takes an interest in gardening one summer. While he’s on vacation, he plants some pumpkin seeds with the help of Daisy the rabbit, and waits rather impatiently for his garden to grow. Herkie is so excited when the plants sprout and even gets a little over-protective – chastising Daisy when she eats a few of the flowers. He learns to “cool it” and lets the birds, and bugs, and other creatures be – finding satisfaction in their enjoyment (as well as his own) of the plants.Kids will be able to relate to Herkie’s experiences with his first garden (and may even learn some patience and tolerance along the way). Sharing the harvest and understanding that not everything can be controlled (or should be) are valuable lessons for everyone. Herkie the guinea pig packages them in a very palatable way. Lots of good material here.Excerpt:So I cooled it. The beetles ate some more holes, the birds kept pecking, and Daisy sometimes had a flower snack – but there was enough for all of us. Sometimes I had a flower snack, too.

  • Matthew Hunter
    2018-11-25 23:03

    Fun because it's told from the point of view of a beloved classroom pet hamster named Herky (short for Hercules). Both Sigourney and I enjoyed the simply-elegant drawings very much. Kate Duke's a talented children's author and illustrator.BONUS WARNING: Ready for Pumpkins gives young readers a rudimentary lesson on how to grow things, and on the importance of patience for aspiring green thumbs.

  • Angela
    2018-12-12 03:48

    So much to love about this book! A class pet story (from the perspective of the pet). A gardening story (from the perspective of an impatient young gardener). A story of life cycles, patience and wisdom that is as cute as pie. "A garden is not a place to be angry in." Indeed.This author/illustrator lacks talent in neither area. The pictures have a wonderfully classic feel and the story is a gem.This story has a lot of heart and is sure to be a classroom favorite.

  • Colby Sharp
    2018-11-28 06:03

    I hope that Hercules the class guinea pig has some more adventures.

  • Luisa Knight
    2018-11-26 04:53

    Ages: 4 - 7Cleanliness: a few pictures with jack-o-lanterns and mentions Halloween. The guinea pig throws two fits.#fall #autumn

  • Goshen PL Childrens
    2018-12-05 02:12

    Perfect for a younger crowd! We read it for a 1st Grade class trip. They were going to the pumpkin patch later that day.

  • Valencia
    2018-12-06 04:03

    Cute story! The illustrations are adorable.

  • Terri Lynn
    2018-12-02 01:54

    I love this! What a charming book! Hercules-you can call him Herky- is the official guinea pig pet of the first grade. He lives comfortably in a large home in the 1st grade classroom and is happy that the food, water, clean bedding, and love from the teacher and her students come regularly. One day he sees the students planting seeds in the classroom. The seeds grow into things like green beans which Herky likes to eat. The kids make a Herky O'Lantern with a pumpkin Herky climbs into and before the teacher can make them remove him, he manages to get some seeds. Now Herky wants to grow a garden of his own. Over the summer he gets his chance- the teacher leaves Herky with her dad in the country during the summer on a farm, Herky has pumpkin seeds, there is a friendly bunny named Daisy who knows all about gardens and Herky knows how to undo latches on his home! What could happen next? You'll have to read it to see what wonderful things happen in the summer-and the fall-when Herky becomes a gardener. I love the story and the illustrations are lovely.

  • RC
    2018-11-18 04:45

    This books has more to it than meets the eye. What looks like a simple, sweet story about a guinea pig living in a first-grade classroom watching a pumpkin grow, is actually a look at the emotions linked to waiting. Hercules is a guinea pig living in Miss MacGuffey's classroom. He loves his life in the classroom, watching the children play. But when then children start their project of growing things, Hercules gets jealous and wants a garden of his own. On summer vacation, with the help of some animal friends, he plants his garden. He experiences frustration and anger as his project takes longer than he thought. When his plants begin growing, Hercules is happy. He has to go back to the classroom in the fall, and is sad to leave his new garden friends, but is happier than ever in the classroom. It is a book that really works to address the social and emotional aspects of school and projects and does so eloquently and light-heartedly from the perspective of Hercules.

  • Tasha
    2018-12-01 22:52

    Hercules, or Herky for short, learned a lot being the classroom guinea pig in Miss MacGuffey’s first grade. He learned to paint, he learned about Halloween, but best of all, he learned that he could plant a garden from seeds. And Herky had seeds from the Halloween pumpkin that he had saved in his cage. So when he was taken for the summer out to the country, he knew he just had to plant his own garden. He met Daisy, a rabbit, who helped him find a sunny place to plant the seeds. Herky dug up the dirt, planted the seeds, and watered them. But then he had to be patient as they grew, and that was the hardest part! The plants grew, flowers appeared, and finally pumpkins. But Herky had to return to school before they turned orange! Will he ever know how his pumpkins turned out?Read the rest of my review on my blog, Waking Brain Cells.

  • Sarah Best
    2018-11-30 04:08

    Herky is a classroom pet guinea pig who is the center of this story. When the children were carving pumpkins, Herky took some pumpkin seeds of his very own to plant. He planted his seeds in a garden in the summer and slowly watched them grow. When Herky returned to the classroom the following year, he was happy to see that his pumpkins were there too. This story can teach children about gardens and how pumpkins grow. This is an excellent story to read during the Fall and can go along with a pumpkin activity.

  • Jan
    2018-11-28 03:00

    Hercules is the first grade pet guinea pig. In the spring the students planted bean seeds, and Herky was thrilled to see that green beans grew on the plants. Herky decided he wanted to be able to grow his own food, too. He got his chance when he went to a farm for summer vacation.Will Hercules be successful in his gardening? There are fun surprises in this sweet story for 5- to 8-year-olds. The author illustrated the book with simple watercolor, pen, and ink drawings.

  • Melanie
    2018-11-15 07:07

    Herky, the class guinea pig, has a great life. When the class plants seeds right next to his cage, and Herky sees what's growing, he wants a garden of his own. So when the class carves pumpkins, Herky saves some of the seeds. That summer when he is taken to his summer home, he plants a garden and watches it grow. He is quite proud of his accomplishment.A cute story, not great. Wouldn't recommend for storytime read-aloud.

  • Karen Arendt
    2018-11-19 05:07

    Such a cute story! Herky, short for Hercules, is a guinea pig in a first grade classroom. He decides he wants to grow a garden when the first graders grow bean seeds. During summer vacation he goes his umber home and he plants pumpkin seeds with the help of a rabbit named Daisy. He learns bout being patient and understanding that animals sometimes need rafts o this pumpkin plant to eat. "A garden is not a place to be angry in". A good story for the process of growing plants.

  • Shelli
    2018-12-05 00:52

    Kids will enjoy this story, told through the point of view of Herky the class hamster. Herky loves his life in a Kindergarten classroom. After watching the students learn about growing plants Herky is excited to try his own paw at farming. Along the way he learns about gardening, friendship and patience.

  • Connie
    2018-12-11 07:02

    Little Hercules is the first grade hamster mascot and in the fall he gets to crawl about the pumpkins as the children are carving them. He saves some of the seeds, and with his rabbit friend he plants a garden at the teacher's home and grows his own pumpkins. A darling story of patience, perseverance, and working together.

  • Kifflie
    2018-12-11 05:05

    Kate Duke sure likes guinea pigs! Here's a story about Herk (Hercules), a classroom guinea pig who saves up some pumpkin seeds so that he can plant his own garden over the summer. He finds out that gardening requires a lot of patience and hard work, but it's worth it when those plants come up.A cute story, if not particularly memorable. Good for a fall storytime.

  • Karen Dransfield
    2018-12-01 03:50

    Hercules is the classroom hamster. And during the story he goes home with the teacher for summer break and meets a new friend and learns about planting pumpkin seeds and how they grow into plants. This would be a great story starter for a growing pumpkins project. The story is funny, artwork has lots going on and the hamster is very cute.

  • Samantha
    2018-11-17 04:48

    Hercules, the classroom guinea pig, takes readers on the journey to grow a pumpkin. Great book for reviewing the process by which plants grow. Includes tips and tricks for young gardeners, such as don't dig up seeds to see what they're doing. Recommended for PreK and early elementary school classrooms and teachers.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-21 07:01

    The story is not terribly original, as it seems like there is a glut of pumpkin/classroom stories. But it is a nice addition to a popular subject and will surely be appreciated by teachers and classes (I'm not sure about the class pets)

  • Robin Rousu
    2018-11-18 04:58

    Nobody draws more charming guinea pigs than Duke, and the illustrations plus a few nice turns of phrase save this from being a mediocre pumpkin growing tale. A little too long, not super interesting, but cute and a pleasant seasonal read. Not as good as her math books.

  • Alice
    2018-12-10 01:59

    This is a great book, a 4 1/4 for me!!! It is funny, silly, informative and cute! Not a huge fan of Guinea Pigs, but I can almost like them now! I love the informative part about growing a pumpkin wrapped around a fun fiction story! Good fall book!!

  • Nicole Wrightson
    2018-11-14 01:56

    Meet Hurky and see the world through his eyes. He is a class pet which shows you how to go about growing some pumpkins when you are very small and unable to wait. He learns how to wait for the pumpkins. It is a fun little story that your child can relate to.

  • Beth
    2018-11-23 23:46

    funny and sweet. Herky has to develope some emotional growth, too while the pumpkins are growing. I love that he gets mad at his rabbit friend for eating the pumpkin flowers, but then, after cooling it, he eats a few himself.

  • Tracie
    2018-12-11 07:12

    Hercules (a.k.a. "Herky") has a pretty good life as the resident guinea pig in Miss MacGuffey's first grade class, but a spring unit on planting seeds inspires Herky to desire a garden--and it isn't long before he puts a pumpkin-planting plan into action.

  • Andrea
    2018-12-09 02:49

    Liked a lot. Good for general gardening, plant and seed study. Good library purchase.

  • Leah
    2018-11-17 02:05

    cute story but geared to pre k and up.

  • Michelle
    2018-11-10 22:55

    Lovely demonstration of how to plant a seed and watch it grow, from a guinea pig's perspective. Would be a nice one on one read aloud.

  • Sharon Lawler
    2018-11-13 05:14

    Hercules, the class guinea pig, saves a few seeds from the first grade plant project, and over the summer he cultivates his own pumpkin patch. Very cute story.