Thursday, October 5, 2023

Today's read... Halloween in the Orchard by Phyllis Alsdurf

Finally, I'm getting to my first October read, which hits upon the upcoming spooky holiday...although this read won't be spooky in the least. This one circles around pumpkin patch fun. Actually, we hit our first pumpkin patch about six years ago, when my kids were definitely on the older side because in Germany, these don't exist. They weren't around when I was growing up in the middle of a very big city, either. But I loved visiting the pumpkin patch was was surprised at how much other things are going on. Actually, I'm going to see if I can visit one again this year...even if I have to go myself.


by Phyllis Alsdurf
Illustrated by Lisa Hunt
Beaming Books
Picture Book
32 pages
ages 4 to 8

From the author of Thanksgiving in the Woods and A Simple Christmas on the Farm comes another fall holiday story. The apples are ready for harvest and Halloween is here! What better way to celebrate than by donning homemade costumes and going to the local apple orchard? In this charming story, a boy and his family enjoy everything the orchard has to offer, including searching for scarecrows, getting lost in a corn maze, and going on a hayride. Phyllis Alsdurf's nostalgic storytelling and Lisa Hunt's cozy illustrations will have you counting down the days until Halloween and apple orchard season! Backmatter includes a search-and-find key for finding scarecrows in the book and instructions for decorating a homemade trick-or-treat bag. Halloween in the Orchard is the third in the beloved Countryside Holidays series, along with Thanksgiving in the Woods and A Simple Christmas on the Farm .

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Halloween activities get an apple tree twist of fun and a few great ideas, too.

It's Halloween and time to visit the apple orchard. After dressing up in a wonderful costume and creating a treat bag, the family heads out. At the orchard, there are all sorts of scarecrows with treats hidden among the trees and other activities as well. But that's only the beginning of the fun.

After reading this, it's hard not to wish that this apple orchard existed nearby. The Halloween activities will have readers wishing they could join in on the fun: treats, hay rides, corn mazes, and more. And they can, at least a little bit, thanks to the easy-to-understand directions at the end of the book. Then there's the scarecrows, which are unique and scattered through-out the illustrations on each page. These, also, turn into a search-and-find activity.

Excitement radiates from each page right along with the lovely, family warmth. It makes for a wholesome atmosphere, which invites in. The illustrations carry autumn colors and have many details to entice readers to come back and look again and again. The text is a little heavier, making it great for story time or those readers, who are pretty sure of their words.

It's a delightful read, which not only holds an enjoyable story but will have readers getting ready for their own festivities.

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