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The kids are back in school. It must be fall. – 09/06/12

Posted on: Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Now that the kids are back in school, and summer is all but over, it’s time to look forward to fall.  It’s a bit early for the leaves to change color but it won’t be long and then it will be all about pumpkins and turkeys.  Our book suggestions this week will help get your younger kids thinking about the fall season.

How Do You Know It’s Fall? by Allan Fowler is for kids age 4 and up.  This book presents the many signs of fall, including geese flying south, squirrels hiding acorns, and people playing football.  The natural world comes alive for young readers with striking, full-color photos and just the right amount of text; this series immediately involves young readers as they discover intriguing facts about the fascinating world around them.

In the Woods: Who’s Been Here? By Lindsay Barrett George is for kids age 4 and up.  “Large, brilliant, lifelike illustrations are George’s trademark. Here her gouache paintings provide the pleasure of a game while giving youngsters the enjoyment of a nature walk.  Cammy and William explore the woods on an autumn afternoon and on successive pages notice such things as an empty nest, a gnawed branch, feathers, and bones.  Each observation prompts the question, “Who’s been here?”  Turning the page reveals the answer in both a close-up double-page spread and descriptive text. The last object the youngsters find is a picnic basket, a surprise from their father.  The forest scenes are vivid and unsoftened as some of the creatures who have “been there” became meals for others.  The last page provides more information about the featured creatures and the flora and fauna surrounding them.  This book invites repeated perusal.  It’s an ideal title for primary-grade nature study that could sharpen the perception of any child going on a woodland field trip.  Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.”  Review from Amazon.

It’s Fall by Linda Glaser is for kids age 4 and up.  “A young boy describes what happens to animals, plants, and people in the autumn.  Simple sentences explain that geese, hawks, and monarch butterflies migrate while other creatures hibernate, including the ladybug, earthworm, and frog.  While the imagery of the harvest moon and silky milkweed is vivid, at times the text’s rhythm feels awkward-”It’s fall!/The air is turning crisp and cold./It’s time to wear our warmer clothes./We put on jackets and pants and long sleeves/to keep us warm when it turns breezy.”  The stunning cut-paper art in the spectrum of autumn colors is highly detailed, richly textured, and fully supports the text.  A long list of seasonal nature activities at the end of the book includes collecting seeds to plant in spring and going outside with a grown-up to look at the moon and stars.  Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA  Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.”  Review from Amazon.

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