Lawrence, Margaret

When Pumpkins Fly

(2) K-3 Illustrated by Amanda Sandland & Margaret Lawrence. In the narrator's remote Arctic Inuit community, provisions are flown in via cargo plane; and one October, that cargo includes pumpkins. The child tells of their flight (these "passengers" don't need seatbelts) and delivery to the school, where each class gets one to carve. Specific Halloween-tradition details follow: Elders trick-or-treat along with kids; afterward, there’s a dance and costume parade. The book ends with the narrator tucked up in bed, thinking about the tunnaat ("ancient and wise beings") and what use they might have for pumpkins. Brightly colored cartoony illustrations capture a snow-covered setting and close-knit community. Back matter provides notes on Inuktitut pronunciations.


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