From School Library Journal
reS-Gr 1-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. Consider Zoe Hall's Fall Leaves Fall! (2000) and It's Pumpkin Time! (1994, both Scholastic) as simpler companions.
Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA
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Gr. 2-4, younger for reading aloud. This is the first of four interrelated books on the seasons, designed with the elementary-school nature curriculum in mind. Children can identify with the blue-jean-clad boy who narrates what he sees, touches, smells, and hears in fall. The story expands into what animals do in the fall and what changes nature itself undergoes: shorter days, crisper air, bare trees. The boy's rousing conclusion--"It's fall! It's fall! I love it all!"--exactly suits his eager exploration. The three-dimensional, cut-paper artwork both grabs attention and invites kids in for a closer look at naturalistic details. A listing of autumnal nature activities concludes. Glaser, the author of many well-received nature titles, has another winner here. Connie FletcherCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved