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School Library Journal - 07/01/2016 PreS-Gr 2—Stringer re-creates those last days of autumn when the trees are no longer putting on a fiery show of colors and the leaves are one gusty day away from shuddering to the ground. Short, declarative, yet lyrical sentences set the stage ("The squirrels are too busy to notice, and the geese have already gone."). Stringer continues to remind readers of the sounds ("Crows love yellow time. They fill still-leafy trees with their voices announcing its coming…") and the smells ("wet mud and dry grass with a sprinkle of sugar") of autumn and discusses the changing of the seasons ("Yellow time comes before white time. Every time."). When the wind begins, everyone is ready: the trees, the children, the crows, and even the busy squirrels that use the fallen leaves for their lofty nests. The watercolor and acrylic illustrations, subtly reminiscent of Lois Lenski's work, are full of movement and emotion. Stringer's rendering of the autumn landscape and its diverse inhabitants, round faces lifted to the sky, remind readers of a moment in time. VERDICT This gorgeous picture book is a fine addition to seasonal and classroom collections, but it stands alone for its language and deft artwork. A lovely, evocative read-aloud.—Lisa Lehmuller, Paul Cuffee Maritime Charter School, Providence, RI - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 07/01/2016 “Look outside! Yellow time is on its way.” In exuberant, expressive scenes of swirling yellow ash leaves on the wind, Stringer (When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky, 2013) playfully captures the anticipation of autumn. Children await the once-a-year fall event when the ash tree leaves turn a brilliant yellow. Several harbingers usher in yellow time, like geese leaving, squirrels collecting nuts, and crows that “fill still-leafy trees with their voices announcing its coming to everyone.” And when that moment arrives, when “the sky billows gray with clouds . . . WHOOSH! WHOOSH! WHOOSH!” the brilliant yellow ovals swirl in the sky, collect in puddles, and create “a symphony of yellow.” In paintings rich with movement, echoing the twirling, swooping gusts of color, Stringer depicts a diverse array of children and families enjoying the fall weather, some of whom are making their own yellow paintings of the much loved leaves. Stringer’s lyrical text celebrates this fleeting moment in the fall season, and it’s beautifully paired with her bold, riotous yellow scenes. A perfect read-aloud for autumn. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

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