Autumn, Friendship

The Scarecrow By Beth Ferry

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Back of Book:
This tender and affectionate story reminds us of the comforting power of friendship and the joy of helping others―a tale that will inspire and delight children for generations to come.
All the animals know not to mess with old Scarecrow. But when a small, scared crow falls from midair, Scarecrow does the strangest thing.…
He saves the tiny baby crow.
Soon a loving bond grows between the two unlikely friends. But is it strong enough to weather the changing of the seasons?
My Review:
Autumn is my favorite time of year. It is a beautiful time for family,  friendship, and harvest.  The Scarecrow is a stunningly lyrical picture book that celebrates the importance of friendship. The story follows a lonely scarecrow through the different seasons. Noone approaches him until a baby crow falls near him. The scarecrow scopes him up and nurses him back to health. When the crow heals and flys away,  the scarecrow again feels alone. But soon the crow comes back with his mate, and scarecrow knows that he no longer will feel alone.
Beth Ferry did a fantastic job of weaving together a poem that shares the sadness and joy of scarecrow.  The rhyming scheme draws readers into the story. The illustrations by The Fan Brothers captured the colors and details of the autumn season. The artwork also captures the scarecrow in a stunning way that makes him look lifelike.
This is a perfect way to usher the beginning of the autumn season.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages
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Autumn, Earth Day, English Language Arts, spring, Summer, Weather, Winter

A Year with Mama Earth by Rebecca Grabill

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Back of Book:
In September, Mama Earth sighs out the first autumn frost, which crunches under children’s feet. Mama Earth looks after nature’s plants and animals throughout the year—singing lullabies to fat bears in the fall, dressing evergreens in icicles in winter, and waking up the crocuses in spring. And in the summer, Mama Earth sends warm sunbeams to her beloved children, so they can play outside and enjoy the amazing world around them.
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from Eerdmans Books For Young Readers in exchange for an honest review.
“A Year with Mama Earth” is a stunning lyrical story that allows readers to see the different beauty and changes throughout one calendar year. The book begins in September and flows through each month describing the differences in the earth as the season’s change. The text flows smoothly and effortlessly. I loved how the use of figurative language allows readers to make positive connections between the similarities and differences of each passing month.
I live and teach in Southern California, our environment is filled with dessert terrain and wildlife. I loved using this story to teach my students that seasons look different in different parts of the United States. I can also see myself using this book as a focus on the different figurate language and how to properly use it in a text. The illustrations by Rebecca Green are nothing short of breathtaking! Each illustration is perfectly crafted to match what the text is describing. The details truly bring the story to life and allow readers to visualize how seasons look in other areas.
The notes in the back of the book from the author and illustrator give the story a very well-rounded and personal feeling. I could tell as a reader that this book was a true labor of love for both of them.
“A Year With Mama Earth” is a true gem and a book that should definitely be a part of elementary and elementary libraries. It is a story that not only teaches us to appreciate the earth but to also love it as well.
Ages 5 and up
40 Pages

Autumn

A Fall Ball for All By Jamie A. Swenson

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Back of Book:
On the verge of winter, the autumn wind issues an invitation: “Come one, come all to the annual windfall ball!” Join all the animals in this beautifully illustrated rhyming picture book as they gather for the autumn wind’s harvest in preparation for the long winter.
My Review:
I revived a copy of this book from author Jamie Swenson in exchange for an honest review. My favorite season is fall. I love the colors, cooler weather, traditions and food. As I began to read “A Fall Ball For All” I was transported into a different world. The story follows several animals as they prepare for autumn. The rhyming scheme creates a wonderful read aloud. Each animal has a different way that they collect food, and prepare for the winter. The illustrations are breathtaking! The colors are vibrant and show readers all the shades of fall. This is a must read for the beginning of the fall season.
30 Pages
Ages 5 and up

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Autumn

Hello, Fall! by Deborah Diesen

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Back of Book:
A grandfather and his granddaughter welcome fall in this sweet, whimsical story about finding beauty and wonder in every moment.
Fall is here! Colorful leaves whisper to each other. Geese honk as they flock across the sky. Pumpkins listen patiently from their patch. The season announces itself in all sorts of ways―if you stop to say hello!

My Review:
I received a copy of this book from author Deborah Diesen in exchange for an honest review.
With summer coming to close, it means that fall is around the corner. Fall is my favorite time of the year, and I love reading my fall themed books to my students. Hello Fall is a beautiful story about the beginning of the cooler seasons. The story follows a young girl and her grandfather as they celebrate the coming of the fall celebration. From drinking apple cider to picking pumpkins and jumping into leaves, this book shares the beauty and changes of fall with everyone. The text is lyrical, and is filled with figurative language that engages readers. The illustrations are bright, and filled with stunning details. I look forward to sharing this story with my class this year.
Ages 5 and up
32 pages

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Autumn

Full of Fall By April Pulley Sayre

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Back of Book: With gorgeous photo illustrations, award-winning author April Pulley Sayre explores the transformation trees undergo in fall. The book takes readers through the leaves’ initial change from green to red, yellow, and orange, the shedding of the leaves, and the leaves crumbling as winter approaches. Extensive back matter explains the science behind this process to the youngest of budding scientists.
My Review:
It is so important for children to read nonfiction books that explain the fall weather. Full of Fall has absolutely gorgeous pictures and simple text that combine for a truly fantastic fall read aloud. The text is elegant and lyrical. The book shows the spender of the seasons changing and becoming something new and different. Each page shows a different scene of the fall season. The photos show scenes of animals, berries, and of course the color change of the leaves. I love that the text is perfect for beginning or experienced readers. The back of the book has an explanation of the science behind each photo. I look forward to sharing this book with my class this year.
Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

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Autumn

God Gave Us Thankful Hearts By Lisa Tawn Bergren

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Back of Book:
Adventurous Lil Pup is bummed that hibernating season will soon be coming to the Great North Woods. Why should so many of his friends have to go in for the winter and leave Lil Pup without pals? Mama reminds her little wolf that not all animals hibernate, and how he can be grateful for the beautiful autumn season – for jumping in leaf piles, eating apple treats, and celebrating the wonders of fall with his forest friends.

My Review:
This is a perfect story to read to preschool aged children for the Thanksgiving Season. It follows a little pup who is sad because his friends are all preparing for hibernation. He and mama go for a walk, where she sweetly reminds little wolf all the things he should be thankful for. I love that this book mentions the beauty of the fall season, without mentioning Halloween. Sometimes I feel like children forget about the beauty of fall because they are so impatient for Halloween to arrive. The message about being thankful for the Lords blessings is beautiful and well written. This makes for a great read-aloud with a class, or at home. David Holm did a great job on the illustrations, readers will love following little pups adventure. I highly recommend this book.
Ages 4 and up
32 Pages.

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Autumn

Autumn’s First Leaf By Steve Metzger

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Back of Book:
Summer is over. The days are getting shorter. Cool autumn winds blow through the trees. But for three little leaves, fall brings surprises. One of the leaves is changing.
My Review:
This is a perfect book for young readers to learn about Autumn and the reason why leaves change. The story follows three leaves Paige, Phil, and Pointy who live at the top of a maple tree. The wakes up and trees enjoy playing games and having fun. One-day Pointy notices that part of him is gold. The other leaves feel left out and wish that they could be gold as well. In the end, all the leaves change from green to yellow. I love that this book focuses on friendship and jealously. It teaches readers that even though friends change, they can still play and have a great time with one another. This book is a perfect blend of teaching children about Autumn friendship. Aaron Zenz is one of my favorite illustrators. He brings the leaves to life. I highly recommend this book for the fall season.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

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Autumn

Leaves Fall Down: Learning About Autumn Leaves By Lisa Bullard

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Back of Book: Autumn is time for the leaves to change colors. Get out your rake and help gather the fallen leaves. Find out why leaves change color. And take a running leap into that huge pile of leaves!
My Review:
Autumn is my favorite season. I love reading my students all kinds of picture books about the fall season. This is a great real aloud that teaches children the science behind why the leaves change colors, then fall to the ground. I loved that the story is about a young boy and the walk that he and his mother go on to look at the leaves. The illustrations are soft, and perfectly represent the changing seasons. This is a perfect book to share with children on the first day of Autumn. It is a great story for pre-school or Kindergarten.
Ages 4 and up
24 Pages

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