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The Pumpkin Runner

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The Pumpkin Runner by Marsha Diane Arnold

An Australian sheep rancher who eats pumpkins for energy enters a race from Melbourne to Sydney, despite people laughing at his eccentricities.

Author: Marsha Diane Arnold

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Other books by Marsha Diane Arnold

Illustrator: Brad Sneed

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Other books by Brad Sneed

Topics from the book:

Visit each topic page for downloads, lessons, etc. specific to that topic.

Online Units and Resources for The Pumpkin Runner

Text over illustration of sky and clouds - Time4Learning and Fun for everyone: Online education for PreK-12th
Looking for a curriculum that makes learning fun? You'll find it in Time4Learning's PreK-12 grade online homeschool curriculum.
Text Time4Learning and rotating graphics for math, science, social studies, and language arts

The Pumpkin Runner Notebook Example
From Blog, She Wrote

The Pumpkin Runner Printables
From an Aussie site, this page gives lots of info for The Pumpkin Runner and has a wonderful 52 page download of notebooking printables along with other links [Note: If you can't view the large PDF, try right-clicking the link and choosing Save As to download it to your computer.]

Acitivities for The Pumpkin Runner
From the author's website

The Story Behind The Pumpkin Runner
From the author's website

Paul Taylor Didjeridoo
Australian storyteller, didjeridoo player and traveller. He comes to the U.S. from Adelaide, South Australia, on the invitation of Bobby Bridger and the Adelaide-Austin, TX, sister city program. Bridger is a descendent of the legendary western pioneer, Jim Bridger. In 1986, Paul acted as guide for Bobby Bridger on an extensive tour of South Australia. Bridger performed his acclaimed one-man show "Ballad of the West," on a tour of the outback and to the Pitjantatjara Aboriginal community in the red heart of the country.

Lapbook Example
From Homeschooling on a Wing and a Prayer blodspot.

Why are we featuring this book?

The Pumpkin Runner is a book featured in Five in a Row, a literature-based unit study curriculum. Many families use FIAR for all but the grammar/reading and math, and others use it in conjunction with other resources. Above is information about the author and illustrator, story summaries, and links to lesson plans and websites that are great go-alongs for The Pumpkin Runner. Please note that these resources are meant to complement, not replace, the Five in a Row units. The Five in a Row volumes are inexpensive and well worth the investment.

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