[Reading] ➿ Picnic at Mudsock Meadow By Patricia Polacco – Motyourdrive.co.uk


10 thoughts on “Picnic at Mudsock Meadow

  1. says:

    I ve been very impressed with many of Patricia Polacco s books, especially Thank You, Mr Falker, but this one was just okay.Even though except for pumpkin carving and a costume it isn t much like other Halloween books, it takes place during a Halloween picnic so I suppose it could be an atypical Halloween book.This was too mean spirited for me to like it that much There s nothing that horrible but one kid being made fun of and called names all in good fun wasn t fun for me.The best part of this book, which has nothing whatsoever to do with the book, was an illustration of girls dressed up as the American flag, which reminded me of the movie Pollyanna when Hayley Mills dressed up at part of the American Flag for the 4th of July fair and sang America the Beautiful with her English accent.


  2. says:

    When William attends his town s annual Halloween picnic at Grange Hall, in the middle of Mudsock Meadow, he has every expectation of enjoying himself But the teasing of Hester Bledden whose antics, and shouts of Peeee youuuuu every time he is near, undermine William s confidence, and ruin his chances in one contest after another cast a pall over the day Then the picnickers spy ghostly lights out on Quicksand Bottoms, and are amazed when William sets out to prove, once and for all, that they are not, as long believed, the spirit of Titus Dinworthy, a nineteenth century miner, but merely swamp gasI m not sure why it is that Picnic at Mudsock Meadow left me so cold, when other picture books from Patricia Polacco, with similar themes of community and outdoor celebration The Bee Tree , When Lightning Comes in a Jar managed to engage my interest, but I simply couldn t work up any enthusiasm for it I found that I wasn t as sympathetic to William, or invested in his effort to finally prove himself, as I might have expected, and am having trouble pinpointing just why that is This is one I recommend primarily to determined Polacco fans, who will doubtlessly enjoy the ebullient artwork, but otherwise, it s pretty skippable.


  3. says:

    The story takes place at the annual Halloween picnic and it seems that everyone is in attendance Like many towns, the Mudsock Meadow has a legend about eerie lights coming from the swamp and it is said to be haunted by the ghost of an old miner The swamp is smelly and the children frequently pinch their nose and say peeee youuu throughout the story William and Hester are competitive friends and they tease and taunt each other during the pumpkin carving, at the fishing booth, at tug o war but the competition reaches its peak during the costume contest William and Hester s interactions are not only humorous but accurately depict how competitive friends can be The facial expressions of the pair throughout the book caused me to literally laugh at loud and I had a hunch that the story would end the way it did I think many readers can relate with William, Hester, or both.


  4. says:

    William has a huge crush on Hester Hester, on the other hand, loves to taunt and tease, make fun and somewhat bully him.When the Halloween picnic at Grange hall occurs, William tries to impress Hester Sadly, each contest he enters makes him look foolish in Hester s eyes.When he decides to dive into Quicksand bottom swamp, something others are loathe and fearful to do because of the supposed ghost of Titus Dinworthy, he becomes covered in eerie swamp gas.Glowing, he wins the prize as Halloween costume prize and the affections of his beloved Hester.I enjoyed the creativity of this book and smiled at the names given to the characters.While not one of my favorites, Polacco never ceases to amaze and leave me longing to read of her delightful tales filled with lovely illustrations.


  5. says:

    I didn t care for the characters Nothing about this title drew me in, or was super memorable.


  6. says:

    This is a great story to use just before Halloween, the students can learn about different activities that they could do as a group to make their own Harvest Festival This story also sends a message about Bullying and how to overcome someone that is constantly teasing you Having the strength to prove them wrong In the end the boys shows courage and that is another message about different quality traits that people have, to show that we are all unique Everyone has strengths and everyone has weaknesses.


  7. says:

    As most of Ms Polacco s books she either writes from her own family history, her own experiences or like this one based this story from stories she grew up listening to from her grandparents Very cute Halloween ghost girl playing hard to get story This story isn t as long as some of her other books and as always illustrations are great Even my almost 3 year old granddaughter sat and listened through the entire story and loved it.


  8. says:

    I read this when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade about 8 or 9 years old , so I don t really remember it but I found this book at my parent s house the other day and was happy to find that they hadn t thrown it away Patricia Polacco visited my elementary school and read this book aloud to my class in the school library, and afterwards she gave autographs to each of us who brought our own copy She even drew a little Jack o Lantern face on the pumpkin in the illustration of the cover page.


  9. says:

    This is a fun Halloween story from Patricia Polacco It s a bit lighter than some of her other stories, but the interaction between the characters and the illustrations are very typical for her stories We enjoyed reading this story together The story reminds me of another book that mentions the swamp gas I ll see if I can find it in my reviews.


  10. says:

    In Picnic at Mudsock Meadow 1992 , written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco, William just can t seem to do anything right in the eyes of Hester Bledden She teases him about every competition at the Halloween picnic from pumpkin carving to tug of war, until William solves the mystery of the ghost of Titus Dinworthy.Themes HalloweenWays to use with children Read aloud around Halloween Have a costume contest.


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Picnic at Mudsock Meadow summary pdf Picnic at Mudsock Meadow, summary chapter 2 Picnic at Mudsock Meadow, sparknotes Picnic at Mudsock Meadow, Picnic at Mudsock Meadow c2e1623 William S Greatest Hopes For The Mudsock Meadow S Annual Halloween Picnic Are To Maybe Win A Few Contests, Definitely Show Up Hester Bledden, And Absolutely, Most Importantly Not Embarrass Himself But After Suffering Hester S Constant Teasing, And Then Coming Away Empty Handed From Every Contest, William Finds An Even Important Challenge Saving The People Of Mudsock Meadow From The Ghost Of Titus Dinworthy The Liveliness Of The Colors, The Characters, And The Atmosphere Make This A Halloween Party To Be Enjoyed All Year Long Horn Book Polacco S Artwork Couldn T Be Better Simultaneously Funny And Poignant Packed With Interest And Good Humor And Always A Feast For The Eye The Story Feels Golden And Genuine School Library Journal

  • Paperback
  • 32 pages
  • Picnic at Mudsock Meadow
  • Patricia Polacco
  • English
  • 11 October 2019
  • 9780698114494

About the Author: Patricia Polacco

Patricia Polacco is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator with over 115 beloved and award winning books to her credit, including The Keeping Quilt, Pink and Say, The Blessing Cup, Chicken Sunday, and Thank You, Mr Falker She resides in Michigan.