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When Autumn Falls

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As September fades, a new season begins. Leaves and temperatures tumble. And, as autumn falls, new colors and smells gradually replace the heat and intensity that was summer. Children love caramel-apple making and bobbing for apples. Jack-o'-lanterns appear and piles of leaves stacked high beckon. Autumn means the of summer, but the beginning of something new and crisp and familiar.

Observes the aptly named fall season, characterized by falling leaves, falling ...

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Overview

As September fades, a new season begins. Leaves and temperatures tumble. And, as autumn falls, new colors and smells gradually replace the heat and intensity that was summer. Children love caramel-apple making and bobbing for apples. Jack-o'-lanterns appear and piles of leaves stacked high beckon. Autumn means the of summer, but the beginning of something new and crisp and familiar.

Observes the aptly named fall season, characterized by falling leaves, falling apples, falling players on the football field, and falling temperatures.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Simple language and colorful cut-paper illustrations are perfectly matched to provide an engaging look at an appropriately named season. The poetic text emphasizes all of the things that "fall": "The temperature falls,/bringing cooler weather./Grab your jacket or your sweater." Other spreads describe how "Leaves fall," "Ripe apples fall," and even "Football players fall." Varied seasonal activities reinforce the mood, including children bobbing for apples, selecting pumpkins, and playing in crisply hued leaves. Sure to please young readers, this title rises to the top.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Lots of things are falling in this salute to autumn. As school begins, the leaves change color and begin to fall to the ground; warm clothes come out as the temperature falls; apples fall from the trees; seeds fall from sunflowers; children fall into piles of leaves. And let's not forget that other harbinger of autumn-football players fall into the end zone. Footsteps fall on crispy leaves, sunlight falls through bare branches, and raindrops fall, finally denuding the trees. The text is meant to be rhyming, but falls far short of being rhythmic or lyrical, and seems to lose steam toward the end. Collaged illustrations in the rich, warm colors of autumn add depth and texture to the scenes depicted. Racial and physical diversity are well-represented, and small, almost-hidden details will keep the interest of the youngest of listeners. Not the best of the autumn-themed crop, but not the worst, either. Elementary teachers could use this as a springboard to a discussion on the many different meanings of the same word. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807504901
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 645,460
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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When Autumn Falls


By Kelli Nidey, Susan Swan

ALBERT WHITMAN & Company

Copyright © 2004 Kelli Nidey
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-8075-0491-8


CHAPTER 1

Leaves on the trees fall—

red, gold, yellow, brown, and orange come down.

The temperature falls, bringing cooler weather. Grab your jacket or your sweater.

Ripe apples fall, for bobbing ...

and baking, and caramel apple making.

Seeds fall from the last sunflowers, and pumpkins come loose from the vines.

Which jack-o'-lantern will be mine?


(Continues...)

Excerpted from When Autumn Falls by Kelli Nidey, Susan Swan. Copyright © 2004 Kelli Nidey. Excerpted by permission of ALBERT WHITMAN & Company.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2004

    great kids book

    my kids loved this book. they read it over and over again

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2004

    BEAUTIFUL FALLING LEAVES...

    Autumn with its riot of reds, oranges, and golds lends itself to glorious full color illustrations depicting the changes that take place during that time of year. Susan Swan brings young eyes a bounty of fall shades as she paints leaves falling from the trees, seeds falling from the last of the sunflowers, and apples falling from branches. True to its title author Nidey mentions falling temperatures when youngsters reach for warmer clothes, and even football players falling into the end zone. With autumn, of course, comes Halloween and festivals and the fun that accompanies each of these events. 'When Autumn Falls' is an eye catching way for very young readers to become familiar with and learn to appreciate this special time of year. - Gail Cooke

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