Picture Book Review ~ Autumn Favorites

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Everybody’s jumping on the holiday bandwagon already but I’m still trying to hold on to the last bit of fall that’s in the air. I love Christmas but I’m just not ready for snow yet. (Not to mention the fact that I’m not ready to start shopping!) So, in an act of defiance against the weather, every retailer in the world, and the entire book blogosphere I present to you a few of my favorite fall picture books.

Apples for Little Fox Book Review

Apples for Little Fox

Written and Illustrated by: Ekaterina Trukhan

Number of Pages: 32

Age Range: 3-7

Rating: 4/5

Little Fox plays Sherlock Holmes throughout the forest to find the apples missing from his favorite tree. The bright graphic illustrations are fabulous and (spoiler!) it ends with pie, so could you really ask for more? Simple, fun, perfect!

 

Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter Book Review

 

Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter

Written and Illustrated by: Kenard Pak

Number of Pages: 32

Age Range: 4-9

Rating: 5/5

The narrator greets various pieces of the departing autumn while mentioning the preparations that nature is making for winter. The trees are letting their leaves be swept into the sky, the animals are flying south and getting ready to hibernate, clouds are covering the sky, the stars are peeking out of the darkness which slowly make way for snowflakes and frost. The watercolor illustrations are perfect with subtle details and soft colors complementing the poetic text. This is the kind of book that makes you want to curl up with a cup of cocoa and watch the snow swirling outside.

Here’s another little sneak peek, in case you aren’t convinced yet!

Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter Book Review

 

A Different Pond Book Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Different Pond

Written by: Bao Phi

Illustrated by: Thi Bui

Number of Pages: 32

Age Range: 6-12

Rating: 5/5

This one isn’t strictly an autumn book (though it does take place in the fall as per the illustrations it’s not specifically addressed in the text) but it’s absolutely beautiful and has a cozy fall feel. We see a young Vietnamese immigrant as he’s taken on an early morning fishing trip with his father. The struggles with money (they are fishing illegally to get food), the embarrassment over incorrect English usage and other difficulties are seen through the eyes of a child. The father shares memories of his life in Vietnam while his son makes his own connections to their life now in America.

The author and illustrator both share their personal stories as Vietnamese Americans (both were born in Vietnam but grew up in America) and how the experiences shaped not just their lives but the lives of their parents and their children. They both offer great insight into the cultures and their creation of the book. It’s an absolutely lovely book and would pair beautifully with any of the recent stories about refugees and immigrants (such as Stormy Seas or Stepping Stones or I’m New Here.)

And here’s a look at the endpages to give you an idea of the detail involved in both the storytelling and the illustrations.

A Different Pond Book Review 2

Join me in the “Save Fall” movement by curling up with one of these fantastic reads and boycotting Christmas books…at least for one more day. I’ll succumb to the peer pressure when the calendar actually says “December.” 🙂 And tell me, what are your favorite fall stories?

 

Picture Book Review ~ Alphamals A-Z

Alphamals A-Z Book Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alphamals A-Z

Written and Illustrated by: Graham Carter

Number of Pages: 56

Age Range: 3-9

Rating: 5/5

Alphabet books abound as I’m sure any parent, teacher or person who’s ever walked into a bookstore can tell you. There are a lot of great ones, a lot of mediocre ones, and a few phenomenal ones. This is one of the latter. Each letter is represented by an animal, definitely not a new concept, and the accompanying text is informational but lightly lyrical. The illustrations, however, are what make this book standout from the crowd. In a big way. Exquisitely detailed and gorgeously colored; each one could easily be framed! If you’ve got an animal enthusiast (or an art enthusiast) in the house, they need to see this book.

Seriously, look how gorgeous this is. Here’s a snippet of the end pages and a detail of the D is for dragonfly page in case you don’t believe me. Am I right?

Go buy this book. You’re welcome!

Picture Book Review ~ Come With Me

Come With Me Book Review

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Come With Me

Written by: Holly M. McGhee

Illustrated by: Pascal Lemaitre

Number of Pages: 32

Age Range: 4-10

Rating: 4.5/5

After watching the news, a young girl is scared of all that she sees and wonders what she can do to help make the world a better place. Her wise papa beckons “Come with me” and together they venture out into the city where they take the subway and have a chance to be kind to strangers. When the news is still negative she approaches mom who also invites her to “come with me” and they head to the local grocer where they see families of all kinds shopping for supper. Wanting to do even more the girl goes out on her own (and her parents, showing continued and extended braveness, allow her to go) and makes some friends along the way which finally allays her fears and ends up changing the world.

This is a simple, yet beautiful tale of a young girl (and her parents) learning to be brave and making a difference even when it seems like the problems are insurmountable.

Picture Book Review ~ A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars

A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars Book Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars

Written by: Seth Fishman

Illustrated by: Isabel Greenberg

Number of Pages: 32

Age Range: 5 to 10

Rating: 4/5

Ginormous numbers are hard to process, even for an adult mind with a little bit of experience and some context. But the author tackles the stars (approximately a hundred billion trillion), the number of gallons of water on the planet (approximately three hundred seventy billion billion), the number of seconds in a year (31,536,000), and the number of raindrops in the average thunderstorm (1,620 trillion) in an effort to illustrate the vastness and incredible awesomeness of the universe and world around us.

The numbers are written out in both numeral and word form (a boon to anyone reading it out-loud who can’t automatically vocalize numbers like 13,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000* without googling them!) And while there are a host of intangible topics and ideas addressed you’ll also learn about the number of teeth a shark has and how many pounds of bugs you might eat in your lifetime.

An author’s note also explains how many of the numbers in the book are almost true and how a scientist comes to estimate something. There’s also a breakdown of the place values and number names for future reference.

This is a must for any inquisitive, science-minded readers! A fabulous non-fiction addition to classroom or school libraries as well.

*thirteen million billion billion…the weight of our planet in pounds! 🙂