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Ready for Pumpkins

Written by Kate DukeAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Kate Duke


· Knopf Books for Young Readers
· Hardcover · Ages 5-8 years
· August 28, 2012 · $16.99 · 978-0-375-87068-2 (0-375-87068-7)

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

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 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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Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, July 9, 2012
"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."

School Library Journal, June 2012
"Herky is expressively drawn and adorable. This title will join the list of pumpkin classics so popular every fall."
 
Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2012
"As Herky says, “…you can’t stay sad for long when you have had a garden”—nor when you have read about Herky and his first gardening experience."

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

KATE DUKE is the acclaimed author-illustrator of many beloved picture books—most of them guinea-pig-related—including Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One and The Guinea Pig ABC. The New York Times Book Review said: “The heroes of Ms. Duke’s stories are no ordinary guinea pigs. They are whimsical creatures with serious ideas who always seem to be suppressing a giggle, especially in the face of disaster.”

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