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Yellow Time Hardcover – Picture Book, September 20, 2016
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Stringer re-creates those last days of autumn when the trees are no longer putting on a fiery show of colors and the leaves are one gusty day away from shuddering to the ground. Short, declarative, yet lyrical sentences set the stage (“The squirrels are too busy to notice, and the geese have already gone.”). Stringer continues to remind readers of the sounds (“Crows love yellow time. They fill still-leafy trees with their voices announcing its coming...”) and the smells (“wet mud and dry grass with a sprinkle of sugar”) of autumn and discusses the changing of the seasons (“Yellow time comes before white time. Every time.”). When the wind begins, everyone is ready: the trees, the children, the crows, and even the busy squirrels that use the fallen leaves for their lofty nests. The watercolor and acrylic illustrations, subtly reminiscent of Lois Lenski’s work, are full of movement and emotion. Stringer’s rendering of the autumn landscape and its diverse inhabitants, round faces lifted to the sky, remind readers of a moment in time. VERDICT This gorgeous picture book is a fine addition to seasonal and classroom collections, but it stands alone for its language and deft artwork. A lovely, evocative read-aloud. -- School Library Journal *STARRED* ― July 2016
“Look outside! Yellow time is on its way.” In exuberant, expressive scenes of swirling yellow ash leaves on the wind, Stringer (When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky, 2013) playfully captures the anticipation of autumn. Children await the once-a-year fall event when the ash tree leaves turn a brilliant yellow. Several harbingers usher in yellow time, like geese leaving, squirrels collecting nuts, and crows that “fill still-leafy trees with their voices announcing its coming to everyone.” And when that moment arrives, when “the sky billows gray with clouds . . . WHOOSH! WHOOSH! WHOOSH!” the brilliant yellow ovals swirl in the sky, collect in puddles, and create “a symphony of yellow.” In paintings rich with movement, echoing the twirling, swooping gusts of color, Stringer depicts a diverse array of children and families enjoying the fall weather, some of whom are making their own yellow paintings of the much loved leaves. Stringer’s lyrical text celebrates this fleeting moment in the fall season, and it’s beautifully paired with her bold, riotous yellow scenes. A perfect read-aloud for autumn. — Anita Lock -- Booklist ― 7/1/16
Stringer (Deer Dancer) offers up a poetic meditation on the transient wonders of autumn—aka “yellow time”—finding delight in everything from the smells of the season (“Like wet mud and dry grass/ with a sprinkle of sugar”) to animals not always considered to be lovely in and of themselves (“Black crows fill bare branches/ and raise their voices/ in praise of yellow time”). Rendered in acrylic and oil, Stringer’s paintings burst with bright swaths of sunflower yellow as trees bend and sway in the wind, giving up their leaves in golden swirls and curls as jacketed children revel in the turbulent weather, making crowns from fallen leaves and saving some to press between book pages as mementos of the season. It’s a joyful reminder to make the most of fall when it’s here. Up to age 8. -- Publishers Weekly ― July 4, 2016
Evoking the experience of watching leaves falling en masse from ash trees, this picture book celebrates the “yellow time” when “everywhere fills with yellow. A symphony of yellow.” The acrylic and watercolor paintings feature swirls and
swoops of yellow leaves against black tree trunks and branches. One by one, children (and a dog) head outdoors and join up with one another, full of anticipation. Wearing sweaters and jackets, this diverse group of children together sniffs the air and watches the trees, waiting for the moment when the wind lifts and— “WHOOSH!”—the leaves begin to fly. The children are joined by others, who all dance and rejoice in the “yellow air.” There are no surprise twists here, just a gentle appreciation of the joys of using your senses to notice the changes outdoors as the seasons turn. From the book’s cover to the endpapers, yellow makes each picture glow, and curved lines repeat throughout the story to reinforce the beauty of the natural world. -- The Horn Book Magazine ― September/October 2016
Yellow Time (Beach Lane /S&S) by Lauren Stringer is a joyfully illustrated, lyrical picture book about the fleeting days before the wind blows the fall leaves into a "symphony of yellow." It begins, "The squirrels are too busy to notice./ And the geese have already gone./ Other birds have left, too,/ but not the crows./ Crows love yellow time." Yellow Time is a celebration of autumnal leaves, captured in swirling watercolor and acrylic paintings of children and other busy creatures. -- Shelf Awareness ― 9/20/16
- Publisher : Beach Lane Books (September 20, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1481431560
- ISBN-13 : 978-1481431569
- Reading age : Baby - 8 years
- Lexile measure : 580L
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 9 x 0.5 x 11 inches
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On go the coats, on go the hats, because it’s yellow time and white time is on the way. Boys and girls look up into the trees, the yellow trees where squirrels have built their nests. The trees begin to bend once the “sky billows with clouds ... whoosh! whoosh! whoosh!” Hold onto those hats! Now everyone is inside looking out as the “wind blows yellow sideways, then up, then down.” Yellow, yellow, yellow! Can you see and hear the sounds of yellow, a “symphony of yellow?” The leaves begin to fall, swirling around, dancing down to the ground. Do you love the dance of the leaves, the the season of yellow time?
This is a beautiful book about fall, the yellow time, young children will love. I too loved this book with its lyrical prose and delightful artwork. The most charming scene is the one where all the crows have gathered in the trees. We can only see their heads, but can almost hear them telling the children that the yellow time will soon give way to white time. Lauren Stringer is definitely in tune with, and loves the seasons, a love she easily imparts to very young children. Even the non-reader will love making their way through yellow time in this book, a very special time of the year!
Stringer shares the drama of autumn in this picture book. She uses phrases like “a symphony of yellow” to capture the wonder of what is happening, mixing senses of sound and color together. When she describes the smell of autumn just before the leaves fall, she uses comparisons that children will understand: “Like wet mud and dry grass with a sprinkle of sugar.” It offers up the richness and deepness of the smell, the intangible dryness that is part of it and the sweetness as well. She skillfully creates autumn on the page with her words.
The illustrations celebrate the diversity of a small neighborhood filled with yellow trees and the children who wait for the falling leaves to start. There is a gorgeous overload of yellow on the pages, bright and cheerful, filled with motion and tumbling breezes and leaves. The pages are just as fresh and vibrant as the season she is depicting.
A joyous book that welcomes autumn with open arms. Appropriate for ages 3-5
In this colorful picture book, author/illustrator Lauren Stringer pulls the reader into the yellow time of year where children eagerly wait for the leaves to fall and revel in their glory.
Published by Beach Lane Books.
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