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Children's LiteratureJacqueline Farmer pays tribute to fall's favorite fruit in Pumpkins. Like seeds in the familiar, fat Halloween staple, this book is stuffed with fun facts. Kids learn how to carve their own jack-o-lanterns and that this spooky symbol came out of an Irish folktale about a foolish man and his candle-lit turnip. They can follow a seed from planting to growing to deliciously filling a pie crust (recipe included). They can even call pumpkins by their names in other languages: the Italian zucca, Mexican calabaza or (my favorite) the Swedish poompa. Watercolors by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes capture the charm and many functions of this popular fruit. 2004, Charlesbridge, Ages 4 to 9.