- Stories in rhyme
New York :
Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publising Division
- First edition
- Physical Description
- 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
- Includes bibliographical references (page ).
- Main Author
*Starred Review* "So long, summer. Green, goodbye!" begins this picture-book celebration of trees transforming during the fall. Close-up photos highlight the changing hues of leaves, while in a picture of the forest's edge, color differences reveal the shapes of individual trees. Toward the book's end, a double-page scene accompanies the words, "So many leaves! / The forest glows." Turn the page to read, "Leaves fade / and brown / and decompose," and view three photos showing those stages of change. With the same format and approach as its companion book, Best in Snow (2016), this large volume becomes another fitting showcase for Sayre's exceptional color photographs. Not only are the striking pictures beautifully lit and composed, they also illustrate the ideas in the text with precision and grace. As lovely as the photos are, this is not an idealized vision of the natural world. The leaves themselves often have blemishes, holes, and eaten-away bits. Sayre clearly respects her audience as well as her subject. The appended "Look Closer: Leaves" section offers clear, succinct information related to the text and introduces scientific vocabulary (chlorophyll, deciduous, xylem), while commenting on how fall colors vary from place to place and year to year. Stunning illustrations illuminate this well-focused, useful presentation. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
In a companion to Best in Snow and Raindrops Roll, Sayre offers a luminous look at autumn leaves, pairing spare verse with crisp photography: "Hello, yellow./ Greetings, gold./ Oh—it's orange!/ Red, be bold." Sayre's full-bleed photographs include images of trees laden with vivid leaves, rippling water that transforms unseen leaves above into an abstract display, and the "Margins. Midribs./ Sunlit veins" of a single leaf shown in close-up. Later in the fall, "Trees are ready./ Twigs let go./ Leaves slip and spin./ Wind sweeps— leaves blow!" The final stage of decomposition welcomes winter's approach. Sayre's visual tribute to fall foliage gently implores readers to notice the quiet beauty unfolding all around them. A closing spread provides detailed insight into the science behind trees' exquisite autumnal show. Ages 3–8. Agent: Emily Mitchell, Wernick & Pratt.(Aug.) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
PreS-Gr 2—The pages in this beautiful tribute to autumn virtually throb with color at every turn. A seasonal companion to Raindrops Roll and Best in Snow, this title highlights the glorious show that is performed each year by trees around the world. Simple, elegant poetry leads readers through the progression of changing leaves as the landscape prepares for winter. "Trees are ready. Twigs let go. Leaves slip and spin. Wind sweeps—leaves blow!" The crisp, full-color photographs saturate every spread, providing varying perspectives, from close-ups of individual leaves to wide shots of trees of every hue on the water's edge. Short paragraphs at the end offer information on the science behind the changing colors and the life cycle of the leaves. VERDICT While there are a multitude of books about leaves and autumn, this one is a standout for its elegance, simplicity, and gorgeous photography—perfect for sharing with the youngest learners.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.
Simple text and photographs explore the science behind the transformation that trees undergo in the fall.Review by Publisher Summary 2
Discover the magic'and the science'behind fall leaves with this companion to the celebrated Raindrops Roll and Best in Snow.With gorgeous photo illustrations, award-winning author April Pulley Sayre explores the transformation trees undergo in fall. The book takes readers through the leaves' initial change from green to red, yellow, and orange, the shedding of the leaves, and the leaves crumbling as winter approaches. Extensive back matter explains the science behind this process to the youngest of budding scientists.Review by Publisher Summary 3
Discover the magic—and the science—behind fall leaves with this companion to the celebrated Raindrops Roll and Best in Snow.With gorgeous photo illustrations, award-winning author April Pulley Sayre explores the transformation trees undergo in fall. The book takes readers through the leaves’ initial change from green to red, yellow, and orange, the shedding of the leaves, and the leaves crumbling as winter approaches. Extensive back matter explains the science behind this process to the youngest of budding scientists.