Wonderfall

Michael Hall, 1954-

Book - 2016

Follows the story of a single tree through the changing of the seasons from fall to winter, as people, animals, and vehicles pass in front of the tree, celebrating holidays, playing in the leaves, and building nests. Includes blended words.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2016]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
ISBN
9780062382986
0062382985
Main Author
Michael Hall, 1954- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Poetry, wordplay, and two scurrying gray squirrels present a delightful romp through the autumn season. Using fall (instead of -ful) allows poet Hall to create themes for subjects: "Peacefall," "Plentifall," "Helpfall," and so on. Utilizing a palette of rust, orange, brown, and shades of green, the acrylic paint and soft pastel illustrations use blocky geometrics that pop against the white background. Apples and fall vegetables are harvested for market as the leaves change colors, and a bright "Frightfall" showcases bats, little monsters, and ghosts. Later, "Thankfall" shows geese and birds enjoying a yummy feast in November. While children and parents rake leaves, raccoons, foxes, and deer forage with the approach of cold weather, anticipating the final surprise of "Snowfall!" Children will delight in following the two squirrels, who appear on every double-page spread, as they scamper and play in the trees, sequestering acorns. Two ending pages give factual material about nine of the animals shown, while the following two pages are devoted to squirrel behavior and their predilection for acorns. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

An oak tree, with cutout leaves and a pair of squirrels cavorting through its branches, narrates Hall's (Frankencrayon) pensive story, watching as autumn arrives. In a bit of seasonal punning, the title of each free-verse poem substitutes the word fall for the suffix -ful. In "Peacefall," the oak's acorns drop, "plink, plunk, plop." In "Dutifall," the tree notices schoolchildren carrying knapsacks waiting beneath it: "The busy/ yellow/ bus is/ back." Slowly the tree's leaves change color and drop (the poems' verticality echoes this action), and after the last leaves have fallen and geese fly south, three spreads herald another seasonal change: "Will/ this night... bring/ the/ first... snowfall!" Hall's crisp, graphic digital collages provide plenty to talk about, and the puns add another layer of interest. Ages 4–8. Agent: Anna Olswanger, Olswanger Literary. (Sept.) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—Hall explores the joys of autumn on a farm from the perspective of an oak tree. Each page features a spread with the aforementioned tree on the right, plus a few ubiquitous squirrels, as the season changes. Each spread includes a short poem on the left page with a title that contains the word fall. The wordplay is clever, and older kids will feel bright when they get it. The youngest might not get the joke, but it isn't necessary to enjoy the book. The tree and squirrels witness many things: apple harvest ("Plentifall"), fall colors of the farmer's market ("Beautifall"), a parade ("Eventfall"), and Halloween ("Frightfall"). Children play in the falling leaves, a wicked wind blows, the family cleans up, geese migrate, and, finally, "Snowfall." Hall's bold digital illustrations have the look and feel of pictures made from construction paper shapes. He uses basic shapes and designs combined with plenty of white space and autumn colors to perfectly encapsulate the theme of the work. VERDICT An excellent seasonal addition, great for storytime and as a catalyst for poetry writing or artwork.—Catherine Callegari, Formerly at Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH [Page 74]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The best-selling creator of Red: A Crayon's Story follows a single tree through the changing autumn season, from the lush abundance of the late summer to winter's first snowfall, as people, animals and vehicles pass or celebrate nearby. 100,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Follows the story of a single tree through the changing of the seasons from fall to winter, as people, animals, and vehicles pass in front of the tree, celebrating holidays, playing in the leaves, and building nests.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Follows the story of a single tree through the changing of the seasons from fall to winter, as people, animals, and vehicles pass in front of the tree, celebrating holidays, playing in the leaves, and building nests. Includes blended words.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

This beautiful and informative picture book follows a single tree through the fall season, from the end of summer to winter’s first snowfall. A great read-aloud for home and the classroom by the New York Times–bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo and Red: A Crayon’s Story.Wonderfall follows a single tree through the changing of the seasons. People, animals, and vehicles pass in front of the tree, celebrating holidays, playing in its leaves, and getting ready for winter. Fifteen combined words (thankful + fall = thankFALL, plentiful + fall = plentiFALL) underscore the themes and concepts of the season, while the main attraction—the beautiful tree—drops acorns, loses leaves, and provides food and a home for a pair of scurrying squirrels. Two full spreads at the back of the book offer additional information about the animals featured in the book, as well as the science behind squirrels, acorns, and saplings.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

This beautiful and informative picture book follows a single tree through the fall season, from the end of summer to winter's first snowfall. A great read-aloud for home and the classroom by the New York Times'bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo and Red: A Crayon's Story.Wonderfall follows a single tree through the changing of the seasons. People, animals, and vehicles pass in front of the tree, celebrating holidays, playing in its leaves, and getting ready for winter. Fifteen combined words (thankful + fall = thankFALL, plentiful + fall = plentiFALL) underscore the themes and concepts of the season, while the main attraction'the beautiful tree'drops acorns, loses leaves, and provides food and a home for a pair of scurrying squirrels. Two full spreads at the back of the book offer additional information about the animals featured in the book, as well as the science behind squirrels, acorns, and saplings.