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Pumpkin People

illustrated by Ron Lightburn

by (author) Sandra Lightburn

Nimbus Publishing
Initial publish date
Sep 2008
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2014
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2008
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2010
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: 979124-7652785-977575


Every Autumn strange figures start appearing around the town of Kentville, Nova Scotia, sauntering down the sidewalk, sitting in a tree, cavorting on a lawn-who are these peculiar people? Why, they're the Pumpkin People! Constructed from cornstalks, straw, and, of course, pumpkins, these folkloric figures are put together every year to celebrate the harvest in the Annapolis Valley in a most creative way.
Pumpkin People tells the tale of Kentville's famous pumpkin people. Sandra Lightburn's simple verse reveals the secret world of the half-funny, half-spooky figures; Ron Lightburn's stunning illustrations bring that secret world to life. And a special section in the back teaches pumpkin fans young and old how to build their own pumpkin person!

About the authors

Ron Lightburn's career as a children's book illustrator was launched with his Governor General's Award-winning artwork for Waiting for the Whales in 1991. Since then he has illustrated numerous other bestselling picture books and has become internationally renowned for his sensitive storytelling skills and range of illustration styles. For more information, visit and follow him on Twitter @ronlightburn.

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Sandra Lightburn's first book, Driftwood Cove won the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize for text and illustration and was shortlisted for the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children's Literature. She lives in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia.

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Librarian Reviews

Pumpkin People

Each fall, peculiar figures start appearing around town, sauntering down sidewalks, sitting in a tree, cavorting on a lawn — who are these odd folks? Why, they’re the Pumpkin People! Made from cornstalks, straw and, of course, pumpkins, these folkloric figures are assembled annually to celebrate the harvest in a creative way.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2010.

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