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What do you like about autumn?

Flying kites?
Apple picking?
Trick or treat?
Frisbee flicking?


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What do you like about autumn?

Flying kites?
Apple picking?
Trick or treat?
Frisbee flicking?

What do you not like about autumn?

Back to school?
Winds that gust?
Bare trees?
Rains that rust?

This collection of poems and paintings welcomes fall with all the crisp energy of a joyful tumbling run. A companion volume to the highly praised Winter Eyes and Summersaults, Autumnblings proves once again that Douglas Florian is a poet for all seasons.

A collection of poems that portray the essence of the season between summer and winter.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Similar to Florian's other seasonal collections, Winter Eyes and Summersaults, the wordplay in this fall bouquet of poems seem slightly worn, while repeated and obvious puns often strain for effect. For example, "What to Do with Autumn Leaves" instructs readers to "leave them"; the same pun recurs in "Symmetree" ("The leaves all leave") and in "Awe-tumn" ("Autumn leaves/ Leave me in awe"). Similarly, the device of seeing the word "fall" displayed as if the letters were falling is less effective, as other poems recycle the same device. Florian's paintings, on the other hand, are fresh and childlike (e.g., the bite taken out of the apple shown for "Apple Picking" looks like a face in profile; a girl literally feels "Decembrrrr's freeze" in a portrait that turns her neck and chin into a thermometer). And at its best ("Naughtumn," for example, describes what happens "as autumn slowly gets winturned"), the wordplay can be as vivid as fall foliage. Ages 5-up. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Florian continues his ode to the seasons in his latest on autumn, Autumnblings. The poems are typical Florian, short and pithy, with lots of fun word play throughout. His "Last Licks" uses the word "last" in such clever ways, which makes for a nice demonstration for children of the importance of word choice in poetry. "Pumpkin Grin" begs to be done chorally, and the examples of concrete poetry are nicely done. Florian's illustrations reflect the hues of autumn and a wonderful childlike sensibility. Finally, one must congratulate him on finding a rhyme for "squirrel" in the poem "Up and Down." Autumnblings makes me eager to see what he will do with the remaining season, spring. 2003, Greenwillow/HarperCollins, Ages 5 to 8.
— Joan Kindig, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-These delightful poems about the season are imbued with a sense of innocent wonder. Attractive watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations cheerfully capture the childlike whimsy and colors of fall. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Florian continues his poetic examination of the seasons with this collection exploring different aspects of fall. He plays with both the concept of autumn and with the language commonly used to describe the season with lots of puns on fall/falling and poems with humorous titles such as "Hi-bear-nation" and "Naughtumn." Some instances of poetic license will need interpretation for children by an adult: "Autumnescent," "Tree-tice," and "Symmetree," while clever in concept, will not be readily understood without a mature reader's perspective on the wordplay. The 48 rhyming poems include explorations of traditional fall symbols and experiences such as pumpkins, migrating birds in flight, and changes in fall leaf colors and weather. There is nothing traditional about Florian's poetic style, however, and his crisp, colorful poems continue to surprise and delight the reader. His distinctive illustrations using watercolors and colored pencils complement the poems well, with a pair of tumbling children on the cover shown against a glowing golden leaf. (Poetry. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060092788
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/17/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 968,750
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Florian's books for children include A Pig Is Big, as well as the poetry collections Beast Feast; Lizards, Frogs, and Polliwogs; In the Swim; and Mammalabilia. Mr. Florian lives with his family in New York City.

Douglas Florian's books for children include A Pig Is Big, as well as the poetry collections Beast Feast; Lizards, Frogs, and Polliwogs; In the Swim; and Mammalabilia. Mr. Florian lives with his family in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2004

    Don't miss Autumnblings

    If you love Autumn, and you love sharing it with children you won't want to miss this book! The illustrations are expressive - in a child-wonderment sort of way and the poems are a delightfully descriptive match! Adult & child alike will enjoy this book from seeing the wind-tossed items, feeling the frost, and tasting the apples, to hearing the birds and rustling in the abundantly colored leaves. I collect children's autumn books, and this is definitely one of my favorites - a true delight!

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