The Pumpkin Seed's Secret: A Life Cycle Poem By Hannah Barnaby, Cédric Abt (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Hannah Barnaby, Cédric Abt (Illustrator)
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A pumpkin life cycle book with hominess and heart!

In this rhyming picture book about the life cycle of a pumpkin, a pumpkin becomes something new with each turn of the page, from a flower to a house to a face. Extensive back matter on the pumpkin life cycle, fun pumpkin facts, and a pumpkin seed recipe are included. A perfect book for both home and school libraries. An excellent gift for Halloween or any time of year!

A pumpkin is a seed.

A plain little seed with a secret inside,

A pocket, a pip with a new life to hide.

To hide and to hold

As springtime unfolds,

A pumpkin begins as a seed.

A pumpkin is a sprout.

A curious sprout with one leaf and then two,

A budding, a nudging, a slow peekaboo.

Happy for rain

And sunshine again,

A pumpkin pops out as a sprout.

About the Author

Hannah Barnaby is the author of multiple picture books and novels for children. She lives in Virginia, where she loves to hike with her dogs and pumpkin season sometimes feels like summer. Her birthday is four days after Halloween so she always has leftover candy—and roasted pumpkin seeds!—to enjoy with her birthday cake. You can visit her online at

Cédric was born in France, in 1988. Since early childhood, the art of drawing has been a source of inspiration for him. He chose to study graphic art at the ESA, Grande Ecole of Arts, in Tournai, Belgium. Soon, the art of illustration became particularly appealing and the idea of telling stories through drawings filled him with enthusiasm. After graduation, he became a freelance illustrator and started working for youth programs in Lille, in the north of France, for two years before moving to the Paris region. His work, first exclusively traditional, became more and more a mix of traditional and digital techniques: acrylic paint, pencil drawing, watercolors, collage, Photoshop ... for Cedric, the process is a sort of laboratory where experimentation and accidents give life to his drawings and create dream-like and colorful universes. During his work sessions, he likes to listen to music from Max Richter and Olafur Arnalds, to name just a few. His creative journey is based on more or less sensitive themes that generate inspiration: human nature, environmental nature, childhood, or loneliness. Open-minded, he doesn't set himself any barriers and nourishes his imagination via very different projects: children’s books, CD jackets, novel covers, illustrations for concert cinemas, and animation. Today, he lives in Brittany, closest to nature and the sea!

Product Details
ISBN: 9781728279190
ISBN-10: 1728279194
Publisher: Sourcebooks Explore
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2024
Pages: 40
Language: English