How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?
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Charlie is the smallest in his class, and is always at the back of the line. When the class decides to guess which pumpkin has the most seeds, Charlie picks the smallest. The class counts seeds by twos, fives, and tens, as each group tries to figure out who has the most seeds. Everyone is in for a surprise though, as they learn what makes the most seeds isn't what pumpkin is the biggest; as Charlie says "Small things have a lot going on inside of them." A gentle read that incorporates both math and science. 40 pages, hardcover with dust jacket. Ages 3-7.

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Title: How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?
By: Margaret McNamara
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 40
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 10.50 X 8.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0375840141
ISBN-13: 9780375840142
Ages: 3-7

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Publisher's Description

Mr. Tiffin and his students explore skip counting and estimation in a fun pumpkin-themed classroom experiment! This book makes a wonderful read-aloud companion to any math or science curriculum, and it's a fun way to reinforce counting skills at home.

"How many seeds are in a pumpkin?" Mr. Tiffin asks his class as they gather around the big, medium, and small pumpkins on his desk. Robert, the biggest kid, guesses that the largest one has a million seeds; Elinor, sounding like she knows what she's talking about, guesses the medium one has 500 seeds; and Anna, who likes even numbers better than odd ones, guesses that the little one has 22. Charlie, the smallest boy in the class, doesn't have a guess.

Counting pumpkin seeds is messy business, but once the slimy job is done, to everyone's surprise, the smallest pumpkin has the most seeds! As Charlie happily exclaims, "Small things have a lot going on inside of them."

And don’t miss the newest addition to the Mr. Tiffin series, The Dinosaur Expert!

Author Bio

Margaret McNamara is the author of The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot, George Washington's Birthday, and the popular Robin Hill School early reader series. The Pumpkin Patch, in this series, was awarded the Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio Best Book Gold Award. She lives in New York City.


G. Brian Karas is the versatile and acclaimed illustrator and writer of many books for children, including Are You Going to Be Good? (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book), Home on the Bayou (recipient of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award), and the bestselling Muncha, Muncha, Muncha by Candace Fleming. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York.

Editorial Reviews

Review, San Francisco Chronicle (circ: 329,989), September 30, 2007:
"There's quite a lot to learn about pumpkins in this book, which even a math-phobe can love, plus there's kids working together and having their minds opened once their assumptions are trounced. Karas' stylized illustrations capture the fun of an engaging, hands-on classroom project."
—Regan McMahon

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