A Is for Autumn

A Is for Autumn

by Robert Maass
     
 

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Partake in the wonders of the fall through rich images of nature, family, and friends. Perfect for preschoolers, this alphabet book features the special and often magical moments of the season—complete with apples, leaves, frost and more.

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Partake in the wonders of the fall through rich images of nature, family, and friends. Perfect for preschoolers, this alphabet book features the special and often magical moments of the season—complete with apples, leaves, frost and more.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Vivid photography brings the autumn season to life in an alphabet book with thoughtful descriptions of nature, changing weather, and leisure activities. One colorful spread pairs images of frosted grass, leaves, and broken ice in a pond: "F is for Frost, when dew freezes and water turns to ice." In a scene of urban daily life, a family of three walks down a tree-lined block of brownstone buildings, while nods to special fall events include a picture of Halloween trick-or-treaters and a boy anticipating Thanksgiving dinner. Despite a not-so-seasonal "X" entry ("X is for train crossing"), Maass delivers a vibrant tribute to autumn. Ages 3–6. (Aug.)
From the Publisher

“Partake in the wonders of fall through poetic language and rich images of nature, family, and friends. Perfect for preschoolers, this alphabet book features the special and often magical moments of the season--complete with apples, leaves, frost and more.” —Baton Rouge Parents Magazine

“Librarians and teachers looking for fall read-aloud choices will want to consider this visually pleasing picture book, which offers plenty of openings for discussion.” —Booklist

“Vivid photography brings the autumn season to life in an alphabet book with thoughtful descriptions of nature, changing weather, and leisure activities....Mass delivers a vibrant tribute to Autumn” —Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
Autumn is described in words from A to Z in this nonfiction alphabet book. Each letter has a word and one sentence pertaining to the fall season. Large colorful photographs accompany each one. The letters and words are in large print, such as J for jacket and K for kayak. Most of the words such as colors, frost, and leaves, relate directly to the season, and the short sentences tell a bit about the pictures. A photo of a man raking leaves has a sentence that says that it is time to rake leaves before the snow comes. Several photos of Monarch butterflies have a sentence that explains that the butterflies gather nectar before the long migration home. A photo of an owl has a simple sentence that tells that it is a bird of the night. Many of the photos contain young children and a few contain photos of animals, so both of these subjects should appeal to young readers and help maintain their interest. The pleasant photos provide a variety of subjects and contrasting colors. This text would be useful for adults to read to young children who are just beginning to learn the alphabet. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
School Library Journal
PreS-K—This is a straightforward abcedary with an autumn theme. Gorgeous color photographs are accompanied by a single sentence for each letter. The descriptions for the items are so brief that they don't always provide sufficient context, and many of the choices are related to autumn only by the setting of the photos. "I is for Ice Cream, which is delicious in any season" is something of a stretch, even if the kids are wearing warm garments and standing in front of fall trees. Additional odd choices include "N" for "Neighborhood." A pretty book, but not a necessary one.—Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805090932
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
08/16/2011
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,173,512
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD560L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Robert Maass is the author and photographer of many books for children, including Little Trucks with Big Jobs, When Autumn Comes, When Winter Comes, When Spring Comes, and When Summer Comes, as well as Garden, which was named an Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children. A photojournalist for a variety of publications and a filmmaker, he lives in Brooklyn with his family.

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