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Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn Hardcover – August 16, 2016
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—A girl wearing a red scarf greets a nippy late summer morning. The child wanders through woods, by a creek, and across farmland and finally arrives in town, encountering all sorts of flora and fauna along the way. She greets everyone in a friendly tone, saying hello to trees, blue jays, foxes, distant thunder, breezy wind, and the approaching chill in the air. In the end, returning home, it's "Goodbye, summer…Hello autumn!" Short sentences are positioned over the pictures. The spare text and muted watercolor illustrations blend perfectly to create a feeling of wonder at the change of seasons. This is an upbeat look at the promise of fall's glories. VERDICT A gentle, gorgeous welcome to summer's end and fall's beginning, perfect for storytime or one-on-one reading.—Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI
"Pak’s well-executed first appearance as both author and illustrator offers a warm welcome to fall." ―The Horn Book, starred review
"A gentle, gorgeous welcome to summer’s end and fall’s beginning, perfect for storytime or one-on-one reading." ―School Library Journal
"A visual success conjuring up the best about the seasons’ changes." ―Kirkus Reviews
"The focus is on the natural world, but Pak (Flowers Are Calling) celebrates city life, too, with drawings of diverse townspeople . . . that show a rainbow of a community. It’s a thoughtful look at the kind of change that unfolds almost imperceptibly." ―Publishers Weekly
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The pictures are gorgeous and that's why I purchased the book, but the text is poorly written. Take for instance this line, "Hello, breezy wind. Hello! I love to whoosh drizzle and leaves through the misty streets." What does that even mean, "whoosh drizzle and leaves"? We gave up reading the book and now just make up our own story. It's too bad because the illustrations are truly fantastic.
Joining the young girl on her walk from her house, through the woods and country, and into her small town, and back again, readers see how nature prepares itself for the change from summer to autumn. As the girl welcomes the changes, she's greeted by nature, who tells her of each change. From the fox getting ready to hibernate, to the last of the summer flowers, to the chilly wind, everything has a purpose.
With bright colorful changes on the trees, flowers and leaves, to the animals and bugs making preparations for cooler weather, readers see how everything gets ready for fall. This is a delightful story with charming illustrations. I love the diverse characters featured in this book, and all the details featured in each of the pages of this book. This book is perfect for curling up with on a cooler fall day.
Insider info: The writer is currently working on a 'Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring' book, and a 'Goodbye Spring, Hello Summer' book!
I just ordered "Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter" and can't wait to get it! I hope Kenard Pak gives us Spring and Summer, too.