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Can you match the character pumpkin to the book title?

McNeal Elementary first graders decorate pumpkins to look like characters from fictional books.

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Much like other characters in the book, Gilbert W. McNeal Elementary first grader Arianna Greisiger liked "The Rainbow Fish" because of the main character's shiny, glittery scales. 

Greisiger decided she would turn a pumpkin into a replica of the rainbow fish, complete with those same sparkling scales.

It was part of a class assignment that Greisiger did along with her classmates, who were tasked with decorating a pumpkin to look like a fictional character from a book. 

The students not only decorated their pumpkins into characters, but they also wrote a summary of their selected book. 

"It's a fun way to enjoy reading because at the heart of it, we want them to love learning and be good readers," said first grade teacher Jessica Spence. "There's some impressive and fun pumpkins out here."

First grader Robert Brown decided to turn his pumpkin into a character from "Where the Wild Things Are" because it's a book his family has read to him often. 

Spence's son Jaxson is in her class and she said, as a parent, it was hard not to give him a lot of pointers. 

"As parents sometimes, we have to give up control, especially at this age," she said. "We think it should look a certain way or we want it to be perfect, but what he's going to remember is what he did. Letting him take control of that is great to see."

While some character pumpkins were easily recognizable, others were a bit of a head scratcher.

Can you match these first graders' character pumpkins to the correct book title?



Liz Ramos

Liz Ramos covers education and community for East County. Before moving to Florida, Liz was an education reporter for the Lynchburg News & Advance in Virginia for two years after graduating from the Missouri School of Journalism.