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George Levenson
Filmmaker and Author of
PUMPKIN CIRCLE


 
Parents' Choice
Gold Award

A glorious ode to the pumpkin, in all its stages of growth and
transformation from seed to jack-o-lantern. And the pumpkin is
an inspired metaphor for the cycle of nature. With upbeat verse
narration by Danny Glover, and original music by George Winston
this is a feast for the eye and ear. All hail the pumpkin!
- Parent's Choice

Booklist Starred ReviewBOOKLIST
Editor's Choice '97

Starred Review
December 15, 1997

Ages 5-12. Toe-tapping music backs mood-enhancing narration in George Levenson's delightful celebration of the pumpkin. With animation, close-ups, and time-lapse footage, the visually intriguing program memorably charts the growth of the pumpkin plant. Appealing to a child's sense of wonder, the lively program fascinates with shots of seeds, vines, flowers, and fruits. A poetic script introduces such vocabulary as tendril, and helpful visual comparisons measure such triumphs as pumpkins leaves the size of elephant ears. Even the squishy seeds and stringy innards of the much appreciated gourd are highlighted. Unifying the informative presentation is the presence of an unobtrusive gardener who silently tends his patch during summer and fall. George Winston's outstanding performance on piano, harmonica, and guitar, coupled with Danny Glover's inimitable narration, echoes the joy and excitement that is experienced by kids during the seasonal festivities of Halloween, just as the camera records the crafts and foods inspired by the pumpkin. From the same producer as Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (BOOKLIST April 1, 1991), this not-to-be-missed presentation fills the niche for science classes as well as holiday celebrations.
- by Nancy McCray
   
   
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
For Children's, Young Adult & School Librarians
December, 1997
Audiovisual Review
Grades 1-6 - The life cycle of the pumpkin is documented in this enjoyable production. Able narration in verse by Danny Glover, with original piano, solo guitar, and harmonica music by George Winston, make this video an excellent choice for elementary students. Five different varieties of pumpkins are exhibited - the Le Grand weighing over 700 pounds, the Munchkin which weighs just ounces, the Lumina, the Spooky, and the Max.
Without words, an orange-gloved male gardener shows all the activities connected with growing pumpkins while the narrator describes the action in poetic verse. Time-lapse photography, animation, and live action capture the sprouting pumpkin seed as it grows to maturity throughout the seasons. Additional activities and celebrations related to pumpkins are presented. This production will provide meaningful across the curriculum activities for language arts, science, art, and history classes, and for schools with community gardens. The teaching objectives are met, the technical aspects are excellent, and the videography is superb. A recommended purchase to enrich elementary curriculums. - by Kathy Dummer, Newcastle Middle School, WY.
   
The PUMPKIN CIRCLE book
has received awards
and praise as well:

1999 Top Ten Science Books for Youth, Booklist

1999 – 100 titles for Reading and Sharing, New York Public Library

2000 Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children, Children’s Book Council

What the critics say about Pumpkin Circle:

"A first rate introduction to the growth cycle...Photographer Shmuel Thaler matches the author's informative, rhythmic text with pictures that convey a wealth of information."
        —Boston Globe

"Pumpkin Circle... may convert any reader into a pumpkin lover. The beautiful and artistic color photographs by Shmuel Thaler are outstanding.... Children learn a lot about the cycle of planting, growing, harvesting, and planting again from the playful rhyming text that tells the garden story."
    —Christian Science Monitor

"Crisp and beautifully composed, the photos are awash in gleaming shades of green as well as glowing gold and orange tones... a visually striking book that teachers may want to read aloud."
    —Booklist


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