In November

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In November, the air grows cold and the earth and all its creatures prepare for winter. Animals seek food and shelter, and people gather together to celebrate their blessings with family and friends.
     Cynthia Rylant’s lyrical language and Jill Kastner’s rich, cozy paintings capture the cherished moments of this autumn month.

Describes the autumn activities and traditions ...

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Overview

In November, the air grows cold and the earth and all its creatures prepare for winter. Animals seek food and shelter, and people gather together to celebrate their blessings with family and friends.
     Cynthia Rylant’s lyrical language and Jill Kastner’s rich, cozy paintings capture the cherished moments of this autumn month.

Describes the autumn activities and traditions that November's cooling temperatures bring.

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Editorial Reviews

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[set star] “Lovely . . . This handsome book is sure to become a new fall favorite.”—Booklist (starred)
“Gorgeous . . . A wonderful symphony of words and pictures that bring November right into your home.”—Boston Herald
Children's Literature
November is an in-between time, a time when the air grows colder and nights grow longer. It's a time when the earth and all of its creatures prepare for the oncoming winter. It's a time of harvest and thanksgiving, when people gather together to celebrate their blessings with family and friends. All of this, and more, are captured within the pages of this captivating hardcover picture book. Rylant's words are plainspoken and poetic, crisp as an autumn apple. Kastner's luscious oil paintings are rendered with bold, loose strokes in a traditional fall palette—rich reds, warm browns, soft yellows, bright oranges and frosty whites. Words and pictures work well together, and the overall effect is one of calm, peaceful transition from one season to the next. A great read-aloud for classroom or home. 2000, Harcourt Inc., $16.00. Ages 3 to 7. Reviewer: Dianne Ochiltree
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A poetic text reflects on the month when "the earth is growing quiet." A friendly mouse draws readers into the book by peeking from under a leaf on the cover and title page, scurrying across the dedication page and onto the first spread, and then disappearing. Birds and animals experience the cold, which causes the cows to sleep and the horses to shiver; bees hibernate in "deep, earthy holes-And dogs lie before the fire." A large extended family visits and shares a meal to give thanks, then travels home at night. The well-paced, skillfully painted oil-on-paper paintings are mostly full spreads. Dramatic angles, strong composition, and interesting perspectives enhance the descriptive text. Although not as colorful and appealing as Lois Ehlert's Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf (Harcourt, 1991) or as funny and entertaining as Dav Pilkey's `Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving (Orchard, 1990), this book establishes the mood and feel of November. It is an agreeable storytime companion to the above titles, helpful for classrooms wishing to explore the month using their senses, and satisfying for one-on-one sharing.-Debbie Stewart, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
A gentle hymn to an autumn month. Starting with the landscape and moving on to animals, then people, Rylant's voice describes the scene in immediate terms: leafless trees "lovely . . . spreading their arms like dancers"; birds that fly away and those that stay know "all berries will be treasures." Cats sleep in barn corners and dogs before the fire. In November, an "orange smell" of squash and pumpkin and cinnamon fills the house: people come to share and to give thanks "at winter's gate." The brief, evocative text sits on full-page, oil-on-paper paintings. Broad, thick brushstrokes capture the sturdy horses, the little mice, and the country landscape from gray to brown to snowy white. The multigenerational family is clearly delighted to be together. A quiet, pre-holiday gift. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152063429
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 140,481
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

CYNTHIA RYLANT is the acclaimed author of more than a hundred books for young people, and her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
 
JILL KASTNER  is the illustrator of many books for children, including The Waterfall by Jonathan London and her own Barnyard Big Top and Snake Hunt! She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, and lives in Weehawken, New Jersey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2002

    A heart-warming, must-have story!

    This book is wonderful! The story was written for the author's mother and is filled with the stirring emotions of November and family. The beautiful illustrations grab hold of your heart and draw you in. It is a quiet story about nature preparing for winter, and how the love of family warms your heart in the chilly winter months. It is a must-have for your tender and cherished moments with loved ones!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2011

    Just gorgeous!

    We read it together at Thanksgiving as an extended family because it is so pretty and is a great celebration of late autumn. Highly recommended for all ages, it is interesting and beautiful at the same time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    wonderful thoughts about late Autumn

    There are not many books about November. The illustrations are beautiful and go perfectly with Cynthia Rylant's well chosen descriptive words.

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