It’s Not About You, Mr. Pumpkin

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It’s Not About You, Mr. Pumpkin: A Love Letter About the True Meaning of Halloween by Soraya Diase Coffelt traces the historical origins of Halloween. The book is geared for kids ages 5  – 10, and Coffelt talks about the meaning behind Halloween traditions in a way that is easy for children to understand. For families who participate in Halloween festivities, this book could be a good conversation-starter to discuss how people can have fun during the fall – as they decorate the house or play thematic games – without actually “celebrating” Halloween. The book includes nice illustrations by Tea Seroya.

It’s Not About You, Mr. Pumpkin is narrated from a child’s perspective, and towards the end, I liked how the child announced that this year, he is going to carve his pumpkin with a Christian cross symbol. (The unnamed narrator may be a boy or girl – it is open to interpretation.) Whereas the book explores the roots of Halloween, it is not asking the readers to give up fall-themed activities, but rather to remember that we should rely on God instead of pagan beliefs.

You can find It’s Not About You, Mr. Pumpkin here. All proceeds from the book sales go to the As the Stars of the Sky Foundation, which promotes literacy.

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