Front cover of an edition of Big Pumpkin.

Big Pumpkin (ISBN 002782683X) is a Halloween-themed children's picture book of thirty-two pages. The story, which is based on the Russian folktale "The Enormous Turnip", was written by Erica Silverman. The illustrations are by S.D. Schindler. The book was first published in the United States in 1992. The story was set to music by Richard DeRosa and sung on a Scholastic cassette by Steven Blane.


A witch plants a seed which slowly grows into a gigantic pumpkin. On the day before Halloween, the witch decides that she wants to make some pumpkin pie. She tries to pull the enormous pumpkin off the vine. She finds, however, that the pumpkin is too big and too heavy for her to move.

A ghost passes by. He says that he is bigger and stronger than the witch and offers to pull the pumpkin off the vine for her. The ghost finds that he is unable to get the pumpkin off the vine. A passing vampire also boasts that he is bigger and stronger than the witch. He also tries and fails to pull the pumpkin off the vine. A mummy comes along. He says that he is bigger and stronger than all the other characters. He tries to pull the pumpkin off the vine but finds that he cannot move it.

A tiny bat comes along. The other characters laugh at the thought of the little bat pulling the pumpkin off the vine. The bat says that it has an idea. The bat pulls the mummy, the mummy pulls the vampire, the vampire pulls the ghost, the ghost pulls the witch and the witch pulls the pumpkin. The pumpkin snaps off the vine, flies through the air and lands on top of a hill. It then bounces down the hill and lands in front of the witch's front door.

The witch makes pumpkin pie that she shares with the ghost, the vampire, the mummy and the bat. After the other characters leave, the witch goes outside and plants another pumpkin seed.

External links

See the article on Big Pumpkin on Fandom's Literature wiki.

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