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In November

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by Cynthia Rylant, Jill Kastner (Illustrator)

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Newbery medalist Cynthia Rylant pays homage to a special time of year


Newbery medalist Cynthia Rylant pays homage to a special time of year

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

[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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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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First Edition
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Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.10(d)
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Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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From the Publisher
[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

Meet the Author

Cynthia Rylant is the acclaimed author of more than eighty books for young people, including the novel Missing May, which received the John Newbery Medal. She lives on an island in Puget Sound, Washington.

Jill Kastner is the illustrator of many books for children, including The Waterfall and her own Barnyard Big Top and Snake Hunt. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, she lives in Weehawken, New Jersey.

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In November 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
lbru More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 8 months ago
“In November,” is a wonderful book for children. The story includes families being brought together, shows wonderful illustration of animals that will catch the eye of any child, and shows how the world changes through seasons. There are no bad conflicts throughout the story which keeps the children positive and the parents happy to see astonished little faces as the words ring in their ears, and pictures show them a world that they could never imagine. I would suggest this book to any and every parent that has kids that need a little positivity in their growing minds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are not many books about November. The illustrations are beautiful and go perfectly with Cynthia Rylant's well chosen descriptive words.