This large-format book introduces autumn through paragraphs of text and many colorful photos, some featured as individual illustrations and others within photo collages. Topics include the fall equinox, winter solstice, changing leaves, frost, harvest, animal migration, holidays, and how autumn feels, tastes, and sounds. The sensory pages are particularly well done. The choice and clarity of photos is quite good, but the collages vary in effectiveness. While the clearly distinct images on the "How Does Autumn Feel?" spread are well chosen for children, the photo-collage illustration showing six different species of migratory birds flying together across a fall landscape is misleading. Still, Goldstone offers a richly varied view of autumn that shows an understanding of his audience. The book doesn't just point out that the days get colder, the accompanying illustrations contrast examples of early fall clothing (shorts, baseball cap, T-shirt) versus late fall gear (jeans, knit cap, jacket). Illustrated activities and crafts round out this attractive guide to fall, which is sure to be popular with classroom teachers. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
Goldstone (100 Ways to Celebrate 100 Days) delivers a thorough overview of the season of autumn and what it entails in terms of the environment and weather, plants and animals, and human traditions and experiences. A chunky, informal font announces what each page is about ("Leaves change color. Why do leaves change?"), with detailed information unspooling in a smaller typeface ("As days get shorter, leaves stop producing chlorophyll. The trees don't need it anymore"). Photographs of fall trees, animals, clothing, and activities appear throughout, often appearing within leaf-shaped silhouettes. Several spreads dedicated to hearing, taste, and touch encourage kids to actively embrace the season with all their senses, and a list of fall activities carries that idea through to the end. Ages 4–8. (Aug.) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLCReview by School Library Journal Reviews
PreS-Gr 3—This book holds all kinds of information, from what to wear in the fall, what grows at that time of year, and even migration. Beautiful photos are balanced with relatively short bursts of text that young children will find manageable. The discussion of days getting shorter and nights getting longer is followed by how this change affects the production of chlorophyll and how it ultimately results in leaves falling from trees. There is a strong logic in the presentation of the facts that aids in the understanding of the concepts presented. When the migration of birds is discussed, the author brings in the migration of whales and dolphins, insects, and even elk, as they travel from higher elevations to lower ones. What about the ones who stay behind? They hibernate or grow long coats to keep warm as winter approaches. The format is somewhat busy but the book will do well in the laps of or on the desks of the children who are reading it. Both Halloween and Thanksgiving are covered, which then leads into winter. Consider pairing this title with Lois Ehlert's Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf (1991) and Leaf Man (2004, both Harcourt), and Julia Rawlinson's Fletcher and the Falling Leaves (HarperCollins, 2006), all of which explore aspects of fall but in fictional narratives. Awesome Autumn could easily answer any questions that come up when reading them. This is a good reference book for young scholars who will love both the photos and the fun facts.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA [Page 92]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
A seasonal tribute to the dynamic qualities of autumn combines colorful photographs, lively text and classic craft ideas that celebrate highlights ranging from falling leaves and migrating animals to football games and Halloween costumes. By the author of 100 Ways to Celebrate 100 Days.Review by Publisher Summary 2
A seasonal tribute to the qualities of autumn combines photographs, text, and craft ideas that celebrate highlights ranging from falling leaves and migrating animals to football games and Halloween costumes.Review by Publisher Summary 3
What is autumn all about? This comprehensive celebration of all things autumn will show you!Autumn is awesome! Leaves change color. Animals fly south or get ready to hibernate. People harvest crops and dress up as scary creatures for Halloween. And then there are pickup football games to play, Thanksgiving foods to eat, leaf piles to jump in—all the amazing things that happen as the air turns crisp and cool. With colorful photographs, lively explanations, and classic craft ideas, Bruce Goldstone's Awesome Autumn has created a festive and fascinating exploration of autumn's awesomeness.