Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Autumn Themes in Children's Books @ the Library

Among the books we have at the library with a fall or autumn theme are the following:

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert will leave you trying to find all sorts of things like butterflies, chickens and fish in leaf piles. The book is about a leaf man who blows away in the wind and the reader is taken past all sorts of animals like chickens and ducks, past rivers filled with fish and butterflies in the air. All are leaves pieced together to make these awesome images , some are obvious, some take concentration to see the animal among the leaves. Wonderful creative book to welcome the changing seasons. PS FIC EHL

"When red and yellow leaves are on the trees," a little girl goes with her parents to a farm where they pick apples and choose "the best pumpkin of them all." Back home, she helps to carve a grinning jack-o'-lantern face on the big orange pumpkin, which guards their doorstep on halloween night while her mother hands out shiny red apples and she and her father go trick-or-treating with the neighborhood ghosts and goblins. PS FIC ROC

This is a classic children's book about all the things that go along with the harvest season. C FIC TRE

The adventures ot these two characters as fall approaches. PS FIC AND

Summer is over, and Clifford the small red puppy, is curious about the changes that are happening all around him. PS FIC BRI

This classic by Jane Monfort describes in verse the various activities and changes associated with the fall. C FIC MON

Freddie and Flossie are raking the leaves when they notice their pile start to shake! And it has eyes and a tail! Could it be the dreaded leaf monster? This book is in the style of the characters of the original Bobbsey Twins. C FOC HOP

When the first apples of the season--Ida Red and Paula Red, Twenty Ounce, McIntosh, and Ginger Gold--show up in the city markets, it's time to take out the big pot and make applesauce. Eden Lispon's lovingly recounted description of a family's applesauce-making ritual describes the buying, peeling, cooking and stirring; the wait for the sauce to cool and the first taste. Mordicai Gerstein's paintings are full of the colors and flavors of the season: red apples, orange leaves, blue skies. Here's a lovely picture book celebrating an American family tradition. C FIC MON

Most children have jumped into piles of leaves or helped their parents rake the yard, and everyone has wondered: Why do leaves change color? Activities that a child can do with leaves and even a list of places known for brilliant fall colors that readers can visit with their families is included. Call number is C 582.16 MAE

This childrens biography relates how John Chapman's distribution of apple seeds and trees across America made him a legend. There are several books in the children's section on Johnny Appleseed: some are located in the 8ll poetry section, several are biographies either in the Junior or children's biography sections. example: C B CHAPMAN

The story begins with grandfather giving his two grandchildren an apple tree. When spring comes, the tree bursts buds, then leaves and blossoms and finally, apples. The children plan to pick the fruit, but a hungry possum foils their plan by eating all the apples. PS FIC DOD

This is a book about nature and the changing seasons and it focuses on a young boy and a very special apple tree. C FIC GIB

This is a fun "read" about a pumpkin that doesn't fit the norm. C FIC CUY

One day in the pumpkin patch the strangest little pumpkin hatched! Spookley the Pumpkin was different. All the other pumpkins teased him until Spookley proved that being different can save the day! C FIC TRO

When Buck, Billy, and their little sister Lil spy the biggest pumpkin they've ever seen, they can't resist. Buck and Billy try to roll the pumpkin down the hill to show everyone, but it's too big! Before they know it, it's bumping and thumping and rolling down the hillside out of control. This read aloud Halloween treat is perfect for kids and families

In time for Thanksgiving, a wacky twist on The Ugly Duckling.
The Ugly Pumpkin has waited all through October for someone to take him home, but no one wants him. He doesn?t look like other pumpkins. So the lonely Ugly Pumpkin leaves the patch in search of a place where he?ll fit in. By the time Thanksgiving arrives, he discovers the truth about who he is?but it?s not what he expected! PS FIC HOR

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