Picking Apples & Pumpkins is an angaging, informative and beautifully photographed book for kids and parents. Set on a glowing, autumnal New Jersey farm, the book follows a family as they pick apples, have a picknick, select pumpkins, bake a pie and carve jack-o-laterns. Because the story is logically laid out, it has yet to tire our kids; there's so much to learn from the photographs of real people in a real orchard and a real pumpkin patch tended by a real farmer. I can't stess enough the fact that the book's appeal derives from its use of photographs rather than the fancified and grotesque illustrations that seem so popular these days. I hope this book leads to a series of similar efforts.
Sid Fortune, Minneapolis, MN