Autumn An alphabet acrostic

Steven Schnur

Book - 1997

Describes the autumn season, with its animals, rain, cold winds, and harvested food. When read vertically, the first letters of the lines of text spell related words arranged alphabetically, from "acorn" to "zero."

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Picture books
Published
New York : Clarion Books 1997.
Language
English
Physical Description
unpaged : ill
ISBN
0395770432
Main Author
Steven Schnur (-)
Other Authors
Leslie Evans, 1953- (illustrator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

ACORN, BARN and CORN begin these 26 alphabetically arranged acrostic verses. Schnur's (The Shadow Children) text is at its best when it is simplest, and each line of the acrostic helps a child understand how the word contributes to the season, as with JAM ("Jars of freshly made/ Applesauce, jelly, and/ Marmalade sit gleaming on the kitchen shelf") or SNOW ("Stillness/ Now/ Over all the cold/ White world"). Other verses are quite abstract for this age group, such as "Up beyond the/ Night sky, an/ Indigo darkness like/ Velvet/ Embraces the farthest/ Reaches of the mind,/ Sun, moon, stars, /Everything," and some are not unique to autumn. It's Evans's (illustrator of Jerry Pallotta's The Flower Alphabet Book) linoleum-block prints that are the real draw here. Her clean black lines and bold, hand-colored washes evoke Ashley Wolff's style and palette. Ranging from the cozy cupboard view of bottled preserves in JAM to the aerial view of the town green in TRAIN, the illustrations integrate the elements of each acrostic. Ages 3-8. (Aug.) Copyright 1998 Publishers Weekly Reviews

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Seasonal books are always in demand and this alphabet acrostic will be especially welcome. In clever, poetic verse, a fall riddle is presented for each letter of the alphabet. The answer is spelled out in the first letter of each line. The riddles are spare with striking images as seen in "Bats/And owls/Roost among empty/Nests." The 26 poems cover such chilly-day themes as knitting, frost, leaves, and icicles. The only source of confusion comes with the always challenging letter "X." Schnur uses the Roman numeral "XII" for 12 and the answer to the riddle is "Xylem," a term not familiar to most primary-grade students. Evans's stunning hand-colored linoleum block prints are clear, bright, and provide sharp clues for the riddles, which are placed in a white box right on each illustration. This delightful alphabet book with a new twist will provide inspiration and challenges for a wide audience. Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A compilation of Native American speeches affirming the desire to live in spiritual and ecological harmony includes the words of Geronimo, Sitting Bull, and Cochise, covering such topics as fishing rights, peace treaties, and the devastation of their land.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Describes the autumn season, with its animals, rain, cold winds, and harvested food, and when read vertically, the first letters of the lines of text spell related words arranged alphabetically, from "acorn" to "zero"

Review by Publisher Summary 3

One brief acrostic poem for each letter of the alphabet from acorn to zero follows the fall season from end of summer to chilly conclusion.