Do you know the book Mrs. McMurphy’s Pumpkin by Rick Walton? I didn’t until this morning.
It’s a delightful story about a woman who lives alone on a farm. She’s firm but fair with the animals on the farm.
Four days before Halloween, a pumpkin shows up. It has a mouth, and likes to use it.
My mouth is here. I speak to you. When my teeth are here, I’ll eat you!
Well, Mrs. McMurphy doesn’t take to sass and she puts the pumpkin on the porch where pumpkins belong. (Actually, throughout the story Mrs. McMurphy is fair and always counteracting the pumpkin’s sass with a kind but firm word.)
The next day, the pumpkin shows up in the living room with a nose, saying:
My nose is here. I smell you. When my teeth are here, I’ll eat you!
Well, two days before Halloween, Mrs. McMurphy finds the pumpkin in her kitchen, saying:
My ears are here. I hear you. When my teeth are here, I’ll eat you!
The day before Halloween, Mrs. McMurphy finds said pumpkin sitting in her kitchen again.
My eyes are here. I see you. When my teeth are here, I’ll eat you!
On Halloween, guess who shows up just as Mrs. McMurphy is baking?
My teeth are here. I can bite you. It’s time for me TO EAT YOU!
“We’ll have to see about that,” says Mrs. McMurphy.
I just want to show you the close-up of this beautiful pumpkin and ear. My colleague,
who doesn’t work here anymore, came up with it. It’s lovely. I looks like she used multi-colored thread in an zig-zag needle setting. Nice job Amanda Kelly!