Illustrated by Elly McKay
Publisher: HMH for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Source: HMH for Young Readers for Review. Receiving this book in no way effects my opinion or review of the book.
Autumn is in the air: days grow shorter and nights are long. Birds leave, flowers, too. Apples and temperatures fall—then snow!
Part poem, part silent stage, this luminous picture book puts autumn on display and captures the spirit of change that stays with us long after fall leaves. Unlock the secrets of this busy and beautiful time of year as the natural world makes way for winter.
Fall Leaves is a beautifully illustrated book for ages 4 to 8 about the coming and goings of the fall season. The artwork throughout is absolutely wonderful with light box illustrations that really pop out and look very real. The colors throughout are bright and vibrant and I think young readers looking on will love these images. As for the tale/poem told, I think that there are two ways to read this book: There is large text on each page that can be read as if a poem and then smaller text that seems as if designed for a parent to read to children.
Reading this book to myself, I very much enjoyed it, I think the text will have children asking many questions – about words, happenings, and meanings, which as a parent you could view as wonderful or frustrating depending on the day. This was a very cute read and the ARC copy I received included an activity at the end about how to make Leaf Prints. I hope that it stays with the officially released book as it is a fun and easy fall activity to do with kids.
Many Thanks to HMH for Young Readers for this ARC.