Hercules, a classroom guinea pig, has a revelation when he watches the first graders grow plants from seeds. He wants to grow things, too! And during summer vacation (spent with the teacher's dad), he gets his chance. With the help of a friendly rabbit, Herky prepares the soil, carefully plants pumpkin seeds, and waits. And waits, and waits. One of the most important things he learns about gardening is patience. It's very hard to go back to school when fall comes--especially because his pumpkins aren't quite ready yet. (goodreads summary)
Hercules has a good life living with Miss MacGuffey's first grade class! One day, he notices the children are growing plants and Hercules decides he wants his own garden too. When he goes home for summer vacation, he puts his growing plan into action. With some pumpkin seeds and help of a new friend, Hercules learns just how tricky growing a garden can be. As told from Hercules' perspective, this cute and charming story is a wonderful tale not only about the planting process but also learning to have patience as well. With the wisdom and guidance from his new friend Daisy, he finds it takes awhile for good things to grow and learns ways to pass the time. The watercolor illustrations are gentle and eye pleasing. There is so much to see on each page as Hercules' seed grows into something special for the new school year. I hope there will be many more witty stories about Hercules in the future. I think this is a "just right book" for ages 3-7.~
Title: Ready for Pumpkins
Author: Kate Duke
Genre: picture book
Pub. Date: August 2012, Knopf Books
Hardcover, 40 pgs.