While not scary in the traditional Halloween sense, The Ugly Pumpkin resonates with a child's fear of being different and left out because of the difference. Similar to the Ugly Duckling fable, all it takes for Ugly Pumpkin's fears to assuaged is to learn he's not a pumpkin! Horowitz's artistic style is bold, colorful and dynamic - Ugly Pumpkin's sadness simply oozes down his limpy arms and knock kneed legs.
Ideas for Making it Real
Scary doesn't always mean someone jumping out at you with a "Boo!" For our little ones feeling different from others is big-time scary.
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