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Cindy Ott: Pumpkin : The Curious History of an American Icon
Why do so many Americans drive for miles each autumn to buy a vegetable that they are unlikely to eat? While most people around the world eat pumpkin throughout the year, North Americans reserve it for holiday pies and other desserts that celebrate the harvest season and the rural past. They decorate their houses with pumpkins every autumn and welcome Halloween trick-or-treaters with elaborately carved jack-o'-lanterns. Towns hold annual pumpkin festivals featuring giant pumpkins and carving contests, even though few have any historic ties to the crop.In this fascinating cultural and natural history, Cindy Ott tells the story of the pumpkin. Beginning with the myth of the first Thanksgiving, she shows how Americans have used the pumpkin to fulfull their desire to maintain connections to nature and to the family farm of lore, and, ironically, how small farms and rural communities have been revitalized in the process. And while the pumpkin has inspired American myths and traditions, the pumpkin itself has changed because of the ways people have perceived, valued, and used it. Pumpkin is a smart and lively study of the deep meanings hidden.

 Mónica Carretero: Haunted Houses Handbook
Stairs that wobble, secret passages and plenty of ghosts wait hidden within the pages of this spooky tale. Open its door! Guided Reading Level: N, Lexile Level: 860Ln common things and their power to make profound changes in the world around us.

 

Kasey Rogers, Mark Wood: Create a Bewitched Fall-o-ween : 45 Projects for Decorating and Entertaining
Serving a cauldron full of creepy autumn crafts, this project book features a new recipe for Halloween fun. Projects use step-by-step instructions to help crafters adorn every part of their home and yard with festive creations. From a Fun Fur Spider crawling up a living room wall, to a Mummy wreath decorating the front door to a'Not So Grim'Reaper to watch over the backyard garden, readers will create a boo-tiful display! Gorgeous photography is set in such historic homes as the Victorian Rose Bed & Breakfast in Ventura, CA, and silent film star Francis Lederer's estate.