A is for autumn

Robert Maass

Book - 2011

Photographs and simple text present a variety of things seen in the fall.

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Picture books
New York : Henry Holt 2011.
1st ed
Item Description
"Christy Ottaviano books."
Physical Description
unpaged : ill
Main Author
Robert Maass (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Photojournalist Maass creates an alphabet book of crisp, colorful photos, transporting viewers outdoors to enjoy the varied sights of fall: frost on fallen leaves, soccer players running, children dressed for trick-or-treat, bushel baskets of squashes, a family strolling down a leaf-strewn city sidewalk, a scarecrow in a pumpkin patch. When it comes to every alphabet book's "acid-test" letters, "Q Is for Quilt" is a natural; "X Is for Train Crossing" works visually, if not verbally; and "Z Is for Zipper" provides a satisfying, childlike conclusion to the season and the book. Although not every featured word relates directly to autumn, many of the large, clear photos bring the season into focus so sharply that viewers practically hear the sounds and smell the scents of the season as well. 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. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

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.) [Page ]. Copyright 2010 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

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 [Page 113]. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Photographs and simple text present a variety of things seen in the fall.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

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.