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Wonderfall Hardcover – September 6, 2016
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Hall explores the joys of autumn on a farm from the perspective of an oak tree. Each page features a spread with the aforementioned tree on the right, plus a few ubiquitous squirrels, as the season changes. Each spread includes a short poem on the left page with a title that contains the word fall. The wordplay is clever, and older kids will feel bright when they get it. The youngest might not get the joke, but it isn't necessary to enjoy the book. The tree and squirrels witness many things: apple harvest ("Plentifall"), fall colors of the farmer's market ("Beautifall"), a parade ("Eventfall"), and Halloween ("Frightfall"). Children play in the falling leaves, a wicked wind blows, the family cleans up, geese migrate, and, finally, "Snowfall." Hall's bold digital illustrations have the look and feel of pictures made from construction paper shapes. He uses basic shapes and designs combined with plenty of white space and autumn colors to perfectly encapsulate the theme of the work. VERDICT An excellent seasonal addition, great for storytime and as a catalyst for poetry writing or artwork.—Catherine Callegari, Formerly at Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
“The spare text knits a tapestry of gentle, joyous scenes. ...Hall’s digital artwork employs a bold palette on white and soft- to deep-blue backgrounds, accentuating the text’s warmly affectionate tone. ...A haunting journey through autumn and a lovely triumph.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“The poems are pleasing to the ear, and the anthropomorphized tree is certain to engage young listeners. ...This will be an attractive and useful addition to storytime or unit on trees, autumn, or poetry.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“Hall’s exuberant style, with bright colors and crisp, digitally rendered shapes, is engaging, and the closing sequence leading up to the snowfall is one that all children will understand and enjoy.” (Horn Book Magazine)
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Hall celebrates the autumn season with this picture book that encompasses the very beginning signs of autumn all the way through to full winter. The focus on a single tree as the one experiencing the changes works well, particularly with the vivid changes that the tree goes through itself. It is also interesting to see trees as witnessing what humans do just as they watch the activities of the squirrels on the ground and in their branches. The book ends with information on animals seen in the book and how they prepare for winter.
The illustrations are signature Hall with bold shapes done in collage. The leaves are oversized and glorious, full of bold colors and the size of branches. They enliven the page no matter their color, making the winter pages when they are gone all the more cold and barren.
Simple and poetic, this is a great new pick for fall story times and units. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Each double-page spread introduces a fall-related blended word accompanied by beautiFALL artwork (I LOVE the colors and the textures, and all the animals!) and a playFALL poem. Such mini-episodes work together extremely well to capture the spirit and progression of fall. And the twist at the end is simply perfect! Plus, I really liked the final pages with interesting information on the way different animals, birds and trees prepare for the upcoming winter.