cloth, 32 p., $17.95
In Search of the Perfect Pumpkin is definitely amusing. Humorous text and larger-than-life illustrations, combined with pumpkin-specific facts, give you all of the information you'll ever need about those fall favorites. Each year a family of four, plus their dog, try a new approach to buying pumpkins. The first year they head to a grocery store for their pumpkin. As their yearly dedication and affection toward pumpkins grow, they travel farther afield in search of the perfect one. Of course, they eventually grow their own!
This book, written for children ages 4 to 10, would be the perfect companion to pumpkin-related family activities — from sowing pumpkin seeds in the summer to harvesting and then cooking pumpkins in the autumn. The charming book ends with a pumpkin pie recipe, as well as directions for making a horn from the stem.
— Eileen Kelly Klehr, Volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden