Hello Autumn!

Shelley Rotner

Book - 2017

"All the signs of autumn including leaves turning colors, animals preparing for the winter or migrating, the harvesting of fall produce, cooler weather, and shorter days are noted in this photo-essay about the season"--

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New York : Holiday House [2017]
First edition
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 25 cm
K to Grade 3.
Main Author
Shelley Rotner (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Colorful photographs record the progress of autumn from the first leaves changing color to the shortest day, when even the soil is cold, and bare branches are outlined against the sky. Along the way, late flowers bloom, insects "sing their good-bye song," squirrels gather nuts, and children play with fallen leaves. Some animals migrate, while others burrow in mud or grow thicker fur. Besides harvesting crops like pumpkins, apples, and cranberries, people celebrate Halloween and Thanksgiving. Varied in subject, size, composition, and use of light, Rotner's photos are excellent. Most focus on seasonal changes in plants and animals, and those featuring children are sensitive to racial diversity. The statements about animals in autumn are occasionally too broad. For instance, on the page about animals going into a "deep sleep until spring," the sentence "Bats and bears find caves" applies some, but not all, bats and bears. Still, many preschool and primary-grade teachers, particularly those in the Eastern Deciduous Forest biome, will find this a useful, visually inviting addition to classroom units on autumn. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Rotner follows Hello Spring! with an uplifting ode to autumn's arrival. Bright photographs show multiracial children surrounded by pumpkins and other harvest vegetables, gathering leaves, and dressed in Halloween costumes, all accompanied by Rotner's short, evocative sentences: "Change is in the air. It feels cool and crisp. The days get shorter. The shadows get longer." Beyond what humans are doing, Rotner also pays attention to how plants and animals acclimate to fall: several animals migrate (a cluster of photos features a buffalo, whale, butterfly, and flock of geese) and others "get ready to go into a deep sleep until spring. Bees store extra honey in their hives. Bats and bears find caves. Some frogs will sleep in muddy ponds." Rotner vividly captures quintessential aspects of autumn while emphasizing observable changes that are constantly occurring in nature. Ages 4–7. Agent: Abigail Samoun, Red Fox Literary. (Sept.) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—Children will learn to cherish the fall season after reading Rotner's latest. Autumn is presented as a time of change and transformation: birds start to journey south, the air cools down, and the sun's time in the sky grows shorter and shorter each day. Rotner manages to keep the text light while also injecting valuable information: "Acorns and pinecones scatter on the forest floor. Maple seeds twirl to the ground"—all of this so that trees and plants can grow in the spring. There are also nice bits of alliteration, "Swallows swoop." Rotner's high quality and vibrant photographs depict children interacting with pumpkins, apples, leaves, and more in a warm palette of yellows, browns, and reds. An ending "Autumn Facts" provides further information about the processes mentioned in the text, notably why leaves turn colors. The bright orange font and playful tone make this ideal for a classroom read-aloud activity. The title is also great for encouraging tactile learning and exploration; kids will be begging to go outside and experience the season for themselves. VERDICT An artful and informative addition to early nonfiction nature collections.—Kathia Ibacache, Simi Valley Public Library, CA Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"All the signs of autumn including leaves turning colors, animals preparing for the winter or migrating, the harvesting of fall produce, cooler weather, and shorter days are noted in this photo-essay about the season"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Presents a lyrical celebration of the arrival of autumn, which is marked by changes in plant and animal life.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Simple text and vibrant photography reflect the changes in animals, plants and landscapes that occur during the fall, introducing children to the dynamics of hibernation, migration, leaf changing, seasonal foods and the holidays.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

"Green leaves are turning colors. . . . Maple seeds twirl to the ground. . . . Animals get ready for the cold days ahead." A simple text and vivid photographs show children the changes in animals, plants, and landscapes that occur during fall.  Leaves change, animals prepare for winter, and people celebrate autumn holidays as the weather gets cooler and the days get shorter.  Suitable for young readers, the simple text introduces a number of important concepts-- such as hibernation, migration, and seed dispersal-- in clear terms, without too much detail.  For older readers, a brief author's note at the end expands on several concepts.  Shelley Rotner's energetic photographs of diverse children add vitality and warmth to this celebration of the season, capturing the brilliance of the autumn sky, the saturation of autumn leaves, and the joy of kids interacting with the natural world.  Follow the changing seasons through the year with the rest of the Hello Seasons! series.