Poor Spookley is a pumpkin whose shape is square rather than round. He’s teased and taunted by other mean round pumpkins. But he receives help from a Scarecrow and his 2 bat side-kicks and 3 very funny spiders.
- The film is about being different and learning to accept those differences. Spookley is square in a world where every other pumpkin is round, and that makes him ashamed. Through the story, he learns that it is this very uniqueness that enables him to save the day for all other pumpkins. This story can be used to illustrate many kinds of differences that your kids may see in their own lives: disabilities, race, language or cultural traditions.
- By learning to accept someone who is not like them, the other pumpkins learn that being different is not better or worse, it’s just different.
- Finally, there’s an important lesson here about understanding that actions can cause hurt feelings. When Big Tom and Little Tom tease and embarrass Spookley, it makes him want to quit the Jack-A-Lympics. Luckily he doesn’t because it’s Spookley who comes to rescue when the storm hits. The pumpkins come to understand Spookley’s unique value and apologize for their hurtful behavior, which is a great example for your kids.
Buy It: Spookley, the Square Pumpkin