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  • Keywords
    • Pumpkin patch,
    • Halloween,
    • Jack-o’-lantern,
    • Farming,
    • Children's picture book,
    • Evil pumpkin,
    • Teamwork

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Patch Work
by Clarice Hursin and Oliver Hursin

Farmer Pete’s farm was known for growing many delicious vegetables, but his pumpkin patch was the most famous pumpkin patch in the entire county! Farmer Pete grew the biggest, roundest, most orange pumpkins in town, and everyone waited all year to go pick one of Farmer Pete’s pumpkins for their Halloween Jack-o’-lanterns. But Farmer Pete’s pumpkin patch wasn’t like all the others. Every morning, as the sun rose over the horizon, the pumpkins would come to life. It was common knowledge that the biggest pumpkin in the patch was the ruler, and the patch had had some wonderful leaders. But this year they had the worst, most horrendous leader of all: King Boris. King Boris was greedy and mean, and under his reign, all the other pumpkins suffered. He stole all the sunlight and rain, and didn’t allow the other pumpkins to grow. With King Boris’ rule over the patch, how would any of the other pumpkins grow to be big, round, and orange enough to be chosen for Jack-o’-lanterns? How would Farmer Pete make enough money to keep his farm open for another year? Patch Work is a delightfully dark story of how teamwork, kindness, and resourcefulness always triumph over tyranny, even when hope seems lost.

Clarice Hursin has been a writer for many years and a story-teller for many more. She’s authored short stories, song lyrics, and children’s books, but the only person ever lucky enough to read her work was her mother, Wendy. When Clarice’s mother passed away in 2016, her son Oliver joyfully took up the role of Clarice’s audience member and cheerleader. Oliver Hursin is nine years old, and like his mother, he began telling stories long before he knew how to read and write. With their shared talent for creating engaging, imaginative tales, Clarice and Oliver were inspired to write Patch Work by each other. Their teamwork, kindness, and resourcefulness echo that found in the pumpkins in the patch. They story-boarded, wrote, and revised to create their debut publication you see today. Clarice and Oliver live in Edmonton, Alberta alongside the rest of their family: husband and father, Dejan; son and brother, Gabriel; and pets, Malcolm and Minerva. When not busy with their daily duties, the family enjoys spending time together outdoors, hiking, camping, or around a fire.


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