Four Friends in Autumn

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It's a beautiful fall day — perfect for dinner with friends. But will it ever be time to eat?
It's autumn!
The air is cool and crisp, and the leaves have changed to bright golds and reds.
Mistress Pig wants to celebrate her favorite season by cooking a big feast for her friends.
Mister Frog, Missy Cat, and ...

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Overview

It's a beautiful fall day — perfect for dinner with friends. But will it ever be time to eat?
It's autumn!
The air is cool and crisp, and the leaves have changed to bright golds and reds.
Mistress Pig wants to celebrate her favorite season by cooking a big feast for her friends.
Mister Frog, Missy Cat, and Master Dog can't wait to taste all the delicious food. But why is it taking so long for Mistress Pig to come out of the kitchen?
You'll never believe what happened to dinner!
Join Tomie dePaola's beloved characters as they realize that every meal tastes better when served with a healthy dollop of friendship.

Four friends, Missy Cat, Mistress Pig, Master Dog, and Mister Frog, enjoy an autumn dinner party together.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Originally published as part of Four Stories for Four Seasons (1977), Four Friends in Autumn by Tomie dePaola follows Mistress Pig as she invites her friends, Mister Frog, Missy Cat and Master Dog, over for a fancy dinner to celebrate the lovely fall weather. But will her victuals actually make it to the table? Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This author has written more than 200 books and has won many prestigious awards for his children's literature. This wonderful story was originally published in 1977 as a chapter entitled "Autumn" in Four Stories for Four Seasons. It is a delightful story of four friends who join Mistress Pig for a dinner party. When her guests arrive, they begin the adventure sitting on the porch enjoying the beautiful fall colors. Mistress Pig has cooked a delicious meal to share with her friends, but a little surprise shows up on the menu. DePaola masterfully illustrates this beautiful book. The expressions and fall colors make the story irresistible. Like the wonders of fall and the warmth of friendship, DePaola's story and illustrations warm the heart. This book would be a wonderful addition to any library. It is recommended for children three to six, but kids of all ages will enjoy this beautiful story. 2004 (orig. 1977), Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 3 to 6.
—Gilda R. Daniels
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Reissued from the collection Four Stories for Four Seasons (S & S, 1980), this vignette deals with a winsome animal foursome. Seasonal details provide a backdrop for the narrative, which concerns Mistress Pig's dinner party. After encouraging her guests to enjoy the simple delights of fall, their hostess excuses herself to put the finishing touches on the meal. Missy Cat, Master Dog, and Mister Frog wait patiently at the table until an inordinate amount of time has passed. Hungry and concerned, they venture into the kitchen to see what might be amiss. It seems that Mistress Pig took her "finishing touches" rather too literally and in the course of taste testing the dishes, gobbled up the entire repast. Gracious and true friends even in the face of adversity, they console their distraught if sated hostess. Master Dog suggests they go to a restaurant where Mistress Pig begins her dinner with dessert. Signature dePaola illustrations, featuring cartoon characters with expressive faces, highlight this simple yet very funny story. Borders made from acorns and brown and gold leaves evoke the season.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689859809
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/24/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,026,805
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.86 (w) x 10.12 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola is one of the most popular children’s book authors and illustrators of our time. His humor, insight, and gentle art delight all readers. A Newbery Honoree, he has written and illustrated a number of books for Simon & Schuster, including Caldecott Honor Book Strega Nona as well as Andy, That’s My Name; Watch Out for the Chicken Feet in Your Soup; and Charlie Needs a Cloak. A native of Connecticut, Mr. dePaola studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and lives in New London, New Hampshire.

Tomie dePaola is one of the most popular children’s book authors and illustrators of our time. His humor, insight, and gentle art delight all readers. A Newbery Honoree, he has written and illustrated a number of books for Simon & Schuster, including Caldecott Honor Book Strega Nona as well as Andy, That’s My Name; Watch Out for the Chicken Feet in Your Soup; and Charlie Needs a Cloak. A native of Connecticut, Mr. dePaola studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and lives in New London, New Hampshire.

Biography

Born in 1934 into a large extended Irish/Italian family, Tomie dePaola received his art education at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute and the California College of Arts & Crafts. Although he always wanted to create children's books, he spent several years applying his talents to the fields of education, theater, and graphic design. In the mid-1960s, he received his first commission to illustrate a children's science book. A year later, he published his first original picture book, The Wonderful Dragon of Timlin. Today, he is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in children's literature.

In addition to illustrating stories by other writers, DePaola has created artwork for collections of poetry, nursery rhymes, holiday traditions, and folk and religious tales. But, he is most famous for books of his own creation, especially Strega Nona ("Grandma Witch"), the beloved story of an old woman who uses her magical powers to help the people of her small Italian village. Written in 1975, this Caldecott Honor winner is still delighting children today.

DePaola admits that there are strong autobiographical elements in many of his books (Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs, The Art Lesson, Stagestruck), but nowhere is this more evident than in 26 Fairmount Avenue, a series of charming chapter books based on his Connecticut childhood. Taking its name from the address of his family home, the series captures the experiences and emotions of a young boy growing up in the late 1930s and early '40s in the shadow of World War II. The first book in the series received a 1999 Newbery Honor Award.

DePaola and his work have been recognized with many honors, including the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award for "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal, and several awards from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. In 1999, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts bestowed on dePaola the Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award for the body of his work.

Good To Know

  • Tomie dePaola's name is pronounced Tommy de POW-la.

  • Between college and graduate school, dePaola spent a short time in a Benedictine monastery before determining that religious life was not for him.

  • Using a combination of watercolor, tempera, and acrylic, dePaola's artistic style is best described as folk-traditional.

  • DePaola's favorite painters and strongest artistic influences are Matisse, Giotto, and Ben Shahn.
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