Pumpkins come in all different shapes, sizes, and even colors. Over 100 million are grown in the United States each year. In this book, one of fall's favorite fruits, the pumpkin, is examined, including how they are grown, their nutritional value, history, and legends. For example, the name Jack-o-Lantern comes from an Irish folktale. The story begins with a man named Stingy Jack who played tricks on the Devil. When he died, the devil didn't want him, so he was fated to wander the earth carrying a lantern carved out of a turnip. Today, we use pumpkins as lanterns because they are easier to carve, and scarier. The back of this book is great! It includes carving instructions, recipes, fun facts, and web links. Enjoy!!!!
Similar books: The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons and Pumpkin Circle by George Levenson
Date read: 4/14/2009