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Autumnblings Hardcover – August 5, 2003

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Grade 2-5-Florian again displays his significant skill at wordplay in this companion to Winter Eyes (1999) and Summersaults (2002, both Greenwillow). Using simple rhyme schemes; invented words such as "autumnatically," "owlphabet," "fallicopters" (maple seeds); and descriptive spellings ("hi-bear-nation," "industree"), he demonstrates that reading and writing can be lots of fun. His poems call to mind all manner of things autumnal-falling leaves, cool days, ripe apples, frost-and of the feelings that go with them ("-autumn leaves/Leave me in awe"). The childlike style of the various-sized watercolor and colored-pencil paintings (in fall colors, of course) mirrors the creative style of the age group most inclined to read the poetry. A natural for use in classrooms and library programs, and accessible to newly independent readers, these poems will delight youngsters.
Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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K-Gr. 2. In his third collection of seasonal poetry, Florian presents a winsome series of poems about fall, with the punning theme of the title carried throughout. Using rhyme, meter, and those puns to good effect, as well as changes in fonts and type, he adds to the sense of movement and joy in the poetry. School, holidays, playtime, and observation all figure here: A "Tree-tice" (treatise) on arithmetics combines leaves and counting; "Geese Piece" answers the question it poses by its placement in the vee formation of Canada goose migration. The watercolor-and-colored-pencil art is best at its simplest: a single red-purple apple on golden ground; a flame-colored leaf and bough reminiscent of Japanese brush painting. Pull this out with Steven Schnur's Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic (1999) and Cynthia Rylant's In November (2000). GraceAnne DeCandido
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1 edition (August 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060092785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060092788
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Douglas Florian is the creator of many acclaimed picture books including Dinothesaurus, which received starred reviews in four major publications, Comet, Stars, The Moon and Mars, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year and Horn Book Fanfare List selection; Bow Wow Meow Meow, winner of the Gryphon Award and a Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year; and Lizards, Frogs and Polliwogs, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book. His most recent book How to Draw a Dragon was starred in a Booklist review and School Library Journal called it a "brilliantly simple picture book." He lives and works in New York and has read his poetry at Carnegie Hall, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Poets House, and The White House.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luan Gaines HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 21, 2005
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Complementing Winter Eyes and Summersaults, Autumnblings is another of Florian's delightful poetic romps through the season, a series of silly poems accompanied by the usual quirky and humorous illustrations the author does so well.

"Maple seeds in fall turn brown,

then they fall off and all fall down-

like fallicopters to the ground."

Florian is a personal favorite because his lively poetry and images stimulate young minds and plant the seeds of reading enjoyment. Learning is a positive experience in every book this author/illustrator contributes to young minds, a consistent energy that is engaging and fanciful, to be shared or read aloud.

"The temperature falls

Degree by degree.

It falls through the air

And lands upon me."

Luan Gaines/2005.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CanadianMother on August 8, 2005
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My 6-year old daughter and I love this book, which is filled with delightful poems and colourful paintings about autumn. The author uses a lot of plays on words which are quite amusing, and his poems really capture the images and feelings of autumn. If you like the fall season you will love this book. I would recommend it especially for kindergarden teachers.
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Douglas Florian shows time and again why, as a poet and artist, he is able to reach children and adults (especially those still with a vestige of their childhood). The poems and drawings in "Autumnblings" fit this to a "t." Both speak to the readers on multiple levels in both an overtly literary/artistic way and a more subtle or complex way to the adult. E.g. "Autumn Questions": How does a leaf f a l l from a tree? / It happens autumnatically. / How does it find a new location? / Naturally, from autumn-ation." or "The Owls" has a list of different kinds of owls and ends "All form nature's / Owlphabet." "What I Love about Autumn" and "What I Hate about Autumn" have parallels in his book about spring.
I have drawn on this and several of his other books to add sparkles to family hayrides I have led for my local Audubon Sanctuary. Invariably, parents request citations smilingly--and I virtually guarantee that you too will smile with Doug Florian.
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