A photograph that shows a father and son trudging seawards down a sandy road under a lowering sky is accompanied by practical, straightforward advice: ``When summer ends and autumn comes, / it's time to put on sweaters and long pants.'' Thus begins this cozy and evocative photo essay, replete with the many familiar colors and activities of the fall season. Sparkling as the autumn air, Maass's pictures show busy people and animals readying for the winter months--leaves are raked ``to make great jumping-into piles,'' cider is pressed, winter garments removed from storage. In one of the book's many stirring images, a chimney sweep, poised in his solitary domain against a crystalline sky, ``brushes away soot / inside the chimney / so fires will burn well.'' The spare text suits the season perfectly, and Maass's carefully chosen subjects go about their chores seemingly unaware of the camera's eye. Now if only this idyllic town had been identified, readers would know the perfect autumnal retreat. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) Copyright 1990 Cahners Business Information.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
Raking leaves, airing quilts, biting into crisp red apples, starting school, and eating Thanksgiving dinner are a few of the many seasonal activities shown in this photo essay. Maass, a skilled photographer, fills his pictures with autumnal colors, symbols, and the changes in town (what appears to be New England) and countryside. However, the book assumes a ``universal truth'' tone. Autumn is not the same throughout the world nor even throughout the U. S. Chopping and stacking wood is not a sight familiar to all children; even most adults have never seen chimney sweeps at work. And in this rural autumn, only white people are pictured. The change of seasons is a perennial subject, so there will certainly be demand for this beautiful photo essay. --Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ Copyright 1990 Cahners Business Information.
Celebrates the activities, traditions, and characteristics of autumn, from the birds that fly south for the winter, to the changing colors of the leaves, to the preparation of the house for cold weather aheadReview by Publisher Summary 2
Depicts in words and photographs the coming of autumn.