There is something special about Halloween. Our kids already love to dress up and have fun, but there is nothing more special than a Halloween pumpkin. We head out to the fields and pick ourselves the perfect pumpkin. We carve it up and discard it after Halloween. Don’t we?
In the book, “Pumpkin Jack” by Will Hubbell the cycle of one Halloween pumpkin is brought to life. The book centers around a boy named Tim who carves his first Halloween pumpkin. It is a fierce face and he loves his Halloween pumpkin and names him Jack. However, as with all good things, Jack must soon be put outside as Halloween passes and he begins to turn to mush.
Tim leaves his pumpkin in a garden so that he can remember him. It is here we watch Jack navigate the seasons as he wastes away. Tim covers him with some dirt which just happened to have some seeds. By next spring, the garden is filled from one end to the other with pumpkins. Enough for the whole neighborhood.
Tim can give every kid in the neighborhood a pumpkin, but he saves one for himself. Reborn again, Tim creates a new Jack and the cycle begins again.
My kids loved this book so much that we couldn’t dispose of our “Jacks” when Halloween ended last year. Oddly we have a very curious pumpkin vine this year with a few small pumpkins. This book was wonderful to show children the cycle of life and the importance of respecting it. It also teaches them about plants and how Halloween pumpkins are made. It is one of our family favorites for Halloween.