Friday, October 21, 2011

Big Pumpkin - Deconstructed

My favorite Halloween book is Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman.  I don't usually mess with a great book but this title would work very well as a participation story.  Children could be the characters and the audience would contribute the key words to the story.  The librarian would direct the action and narrate.  With this in mind, I came up with -


Simple props to designate the characters:

Dialog cue cards for the audience:

Big Pumpkin (in progress - I'll post about how I put it together later -waiting for the paint to dry):

The reward:

All the clip art is from Microsoft Publisher.

Now that I have these simple props, I plan to tell this story at my Halloween Family Story Time.


  1. I love that you adapted this for a participatory story! I bet your group had a great time with it.

  2. I just learned this story and was excited to tell it. We went to the pumpkin patch this week and it was a great time to recruit some parents to help. I also made picture cards of the characters to wear around our necks. You can check out our video at
    I look forward to checking out the rest of your blog.