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In November
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
What happens in November? This story is beautifully illustrated to depict different activities that occur in late fall as the earth and its' creatures prepare for winter. Cynthia Rylant uses a combination of similies and metaphors to capture the reader/listner and draw them into the book. Jill Kastner's paintings blend colors to give a striking contrast on each page that grabs the eyes of the audience to pull them into the text. The realistic activities and traditions depicted in the story are brought to life by the rhthym of the text. The children nod and join in when they hear "In November, the animals sleep more. The air is chilly and they ...shiver!" As the children explore the page with their eyes, there is no doubt that they can relate to feeling chilly and shivering themselves at one time. There is no specific reference made to Thanksgiving in the text, but listners quickly pick up on the special day in November, where friends or families travel to see each other, share a special meal together, and give thanks for their many blessings. As the listners see the final page of the boook, many will oohh and aaahhh, and volunteer, they too, have traveled home after a special dinner at night. The audience of this book gains a sense of peace and belonging to our earth, as they relate to some or many of the illustrations and text in some way. CMH
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
We just finished reading this in my Children's Literacy class. It was an apt example of "Voice" in writing. Cynthia Rylant, whom I adore as an author, once again writes a beautifully descriptive book about the month of November. This book is a must for any children's library.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Cynthia Ryland does it again! A wonderful book for use with teaching metaphors. Her descriptive words gives visual meaning to each sentence. A wonderful book to use with six traits writing "Voice" and teaching inference to young children. Each page is filled with words to ponder, reflect, relate and to write about. Although there is no reference to Thanksgiving, many children relate to the special day and time with relatives. A perfect book for November and a perfect title. The illustrations are beautiful; giving a feeling of warmth to the words. Every teacher should own a copy.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2009
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I normally love children's books with poetic text but this was a bit of a stretch and felt too contrived for a preschool audience. Food having an "orange smell", shivering livestock, and "serious" birds were all images that I can appreciate as an adult but are a bit hard for the very literal minds of preschoolers. The illustrations are lovely and peaceful, I just wish I liked the text better.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My children and I love anything written by Cynthia Rylant, but this book has the added benefit of the most beautiful illustrations. I cannot say enough about how much I love this book. It is something we will pull out every November - probably even after the children are grown! If your children love your family traditions and are comforted by knowing what to expect with each season or holiday, this book is a must for them. You could probably get it from the library every fall, but the illustrations make it worth putting on your shelf with your favorites and keeping for your grandkids.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2008
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I absolutely love the art in this book. One of my major complaints with a lot of kids books, is that they are too cartoonish. This book is NOT like that at all - very rich watercolor drawings make this enjoyable for adults as well as kids.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2005
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This is such an enchanting book to read to a child! The illustrations (realistic in style) are beautiful and the text is lyrical, reflecting the mood of the season perfectly. My son loves this book and I love reading it to him. The pictures and story remind us both of the family gatherings that are so much a part of November and December. We read many books together and this is one of our lasting favorites.
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on November 6, 2014
Format: Paperback
I love reading seasonal books with my children – there are rich histories and interesting cultural traditions associated with so many holidays and seasons, and yet I struggle with the almost light-switch-like transition from Halloween to Christmas that you tend to see. I want to enjoy and celebrate fall not in just the scary, dress-up, collecting candy ways. Meanwhile, as much as I love Thanksgiving and the sentiments of being thankful, giving to others, and enjoying time with family, I am cautious about children’s literature that paints a rose-tinged view of the history of the holiday. That is why I am so fond of the book “In November”. It touches on Thanksgiving celebrations but depicts the month of November as a time when the world battens down for winter, when your world outside your home and inside feels, looks, and smells different than at other times of year. It uses poetic language that I appreciate stretches my preschooler’s and 2nd grader’s comprehension, and while it didn’t tell a story with a beginning and an end, it kept their attention. They also loved the pictures, which are beautiful on their own, independent of the words, and not at all cartoon-like.
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on October 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
Reviewed by Jamie Driggers

In November, the colorful leaves dot the ground and the air is crisp. Animals gather for warmth and sleep and people gather to eat and give thanks. The earth prepares for winter and looks forward to spring.

This picture book is warm and soothing. The colors are rich and blurred and the words blend together to give a dozy feeling. As the earth begins to drift off to sleep, little ones may as well. This is a sleepy book, a calming book and I believe it is meant to be read in soft, slow tones. The words find a rhythm, though there is not rhyme to speak of and the feel of the illustrations match the feel of the lines.

This is a nice read aloud for the autumn and naptime, cuddled up under blankets and by a crackling fire. This is not a playtime book, a loud book, a busy book-but it is a nice book. It has the potential to be the standard fall read for many, many years to come.

Armchair Interviews agrees
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on September 10, 2014
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
This story was simply alright. I purchased it as part of a pre-k extra reading curriculum recommendation. Since my children and I like this Cynthia Rylant's "Snow" and "When the Relatives Came," I was thinking we would also love this. We are not in love with this book. It is simply 'OK.' It didn't capture their imaginations or stimulate their thinking/creativity like her other books we have read. But, I suppose, that is what the month of November is...kind of dull, boring and unstimulating.
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