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|Full of fall|
Author: Sayre, April Pulley
Discover the magic-and the science-behind fall leaves.
Kirkus Reviews (06/15/17)
School Library Journal (+) (06/01/17)
Booklist (+) (06/01/17)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 06/01/2017 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 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 06/01/2017 *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.