Friday, October 16, 2015

Book Review - It's Not About You, Mr. Pumpkin


Halloween has become one of the most popular and commercially profitable holidays in America, yet the true origin of this day is often missed. Almost everyone equates "trick or treat" with Halloween, but what events were the catalyst behind this centuries-old tradition?

This delightfully illustrated children's story is sure to become a tradition for you and your family as October rolls around each year. It will be a helpful tool to instruct children on the important historical background behind this holiday and to reflect on what is important.


Author Soraya Diase Coffelt is a native of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. She is a mother of two sons, lawyer and former judge. She loves children.

Active in her church, she served as a parent volunteer and then a lay minister in the Children's Ministry for over 15 years. She has also participated in mission trips providing food, medicine, clothing and other necessary items to people in need in Honduras and the Amazon River Region of Peru. She frequently helps feed homeless and hungry people in the Virgin Islands and whenever she travels. Her late husband, Gordon, supported her wholeheartedly.


This book is delightful! It has wonderful illustrations and the story was excellent.

It tells the story of Halloween and where many of the traditions came from. I didn't know most of this and found it very interesting. There were many superstitions and fear in evil spirits that made people do the things they did. Not only does the author share about how pumpkins started being used as jack-o-lanterns, she shares were many of the traditions we see today, as a part of Halloween, originated. 

What I really liked is that there is nothing in the book that would scare younger children. The story is told in a factual, yet very interesting, way. The illustrations are very cute and, again, nothing frightening about them. 

Best of all, Soraya shares Scripture at the beginning of the story and at the end. Not only that, but she dedicates a page to celebrating Jesus and leading the reader to Jesus in a very sweet way. I really liked this and the story just seems to naturally lead to this. It's just perfect. 

I really liked this book and highly recommend it. Any child would love this story and these adorable illustrations! I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by the author

Blessings - Julie

1 comment:

  1. nice review. come over to my blog, having another book giveaway


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