Something different for the Halloween rush--and this entry will take off at spring planting time too. In easy, readable prose, Cuyler tells an Irish legend and summarizes others, points out the vitamin value of pumpkins and discusses their obscure origin, mentions some old, out-of-the-way uses (""in the 18th century the pumpkin was used [like a bowl] for cutting hair"") and some still-thriving pumpkin festivals, describes the Celts' October 31st Samhain where lit candles were carried round in hollowed-out vegetables (they were transferred to pumpkins in America), and even manages to drag in Whittaker Chambers and the infamous Pumpkin Papers. And that's only the introduction. The rest tells readers how to grow pumpkins (""the hogs of the vegetable world""), from selecting seeds to feeding the growing fruit with fertilizer, sugar and milk (!); how to carve pumpkins (""Be prepared to get slimy, gooey hands and arms and orange fingernails""); how to cook them (in soup, cookies, puddings, pie, cake, bread, pancakes, ice cream, and--one we'll skip--in hamburgers); and how to make paper pumpkins, pumpkin people, and other such crafty items. With a closing crop of corny pumpkin jokes, an all-round and all-year-round refreshment.