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Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall!
by Anne Sibley O-Brien, illustrated by Susan Gal
Abrams Appleseed, 2016

Fall is the time of great changes: from returning to school, to birds migrating south, to leaves turning colors.  Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall! uses these magnificent, contrasting changes to immerse the reader in fall.  The illustrator uses rich, vivid, splashy colors to expand each scene’s story beyond the words given.  Fall is almost like magic, the changes are so big, hence the author uses magic words to introduce each new transformation.  To be sure each young reader is engaged, the transformed scenes hide behind a flap calling to be turned.

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When Green Becomes Tomatoes, Poems for All Seasons

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When Green Becomes Tomatoes

Poems for All Seasons
by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Julie Morstad
Neal Porter Book, 2016

Written in e.e.cummings-style, with no capitals and periods, poems sprinkle randomly on the days of each month.  Some poems short, some a little longer, they each explore a seasonal moment common to most everyone’s experience, but said in fresh new ways.

march 26
shivering and huddled close
the forever rushing daffodils
wished they had waited

november 20
there is nothing left to bloom
or sprout
or bud
or grow
these showers will not bring you flowers at all
these showers are practice for snow

The book’s last poem is the same as the first poem told in spring, but told from the perspective of winter it takes on a new meaning. A clear, poetic, feeling experience of each season.  Delightful. Peaceful.  Adults will enjoy as much as children.

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