Book Review: The Christmas Pumpkin

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I used to say that my children could never have too many books. That might have been before I had children. Especially before I had two children, and they each have their own overflowing bookshelves. With books that have been read more than a hundred times each. By yours truly.

It’s fair to say that with so many options, it’s challenging to find a few that stick out or are original, except for a few classics. This is especially the case with holiday books. However, I may have finally found a holiday breath of fresh air.

The Christmas Pumpkin Book Review

The Christmas Pumpkin Book Review

Debbie Reece’s book, The Christmas Pumpkin, is an original new holiday book covering the entire span of fall and Christmas.

In the Christmas Pumpkin, a boy named James is given a green pumpkin, leftover from the fall harvest on his family’s farm, to decorate for Christmas. It seems to everyone an unlikely and unusual idea. But with the support of his parents, James takes it on with enthusiasm. And in the process, he learns a valuable lesson of being true to himself and letting his inner light shine. His ideas influence those around him and in his community.

The goal of this book, and most books by Reece, is to promote positive messages that inspire creativity, self-confidence, and compassion in young readers. She does just that with The Christmas Pumpkin.

Our family has enjoyed reading this book together. The illustrations are adorable. The story is easy to follow and engaging. Additionally, there are a few parts where repetition is used, and that helps make the theme easy for our son to grasp quickly.

The Christmas Pumpkin Book Review
© J. Burris | Little Lake | 2015

I especially love the message of inspiring James and readers to “let your light shine” and be confident in their ideas. My son is in a stage where he always “has an idea,” and I love to encourage it. Stories like this promote creativity and one’s ability to influence others — even at a young age.

The end of the book includes a coloring page for your child to create their own “Christmas Pumpkin.” There is also a template online to download the image and use it for crafts in the future or for groups.

I also love the idea this gives my family a new kind of craft for the Christmas season. Why not create our own green Christmas Pumpkin this year? (I happened to notice many at our visit to the u-pick pumpkin patch this weekend.)

The Christmas Pumpkin Book Review
© J. Burris | Little Lake | 2015

We consider this a valuable addition to our home library; perhaps it would be for yours or as a gift for your little one, library, teacher, or classroom. Available in either hard or soft cover, you can get your own copy on either or an autographed copy at

For more information on this and other books by Debbie Reece, please check out her sites: BeeBop Books | Facebook

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Jenna Burris

By Jenna B.

Jenna is an active wife and mom of 2 game-changers. A professional Counselor by trade, Antioch resident, and native Cheesehead, this mindful momma is laid back and up for any mess or adventure, doing her best to live in the moment. When not tuning out or taming tantrums, she’s running, cooking, reading, creating music, or shopping local.

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Book Review: The Christmas Pumpkin

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