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Celebrating a Storybook Year – October

October was about harvest time, woodland animals, and falling leaves at a Storybook Year. We had a plethora of pumpkins with “Strega Nona’s Harvest”, “County Fair”, “Pumpkin Moonshine”, and “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” – which was a particularly entertaining read aloud with plenty of repetition, onomatopoeia, and chutzpah. We also traveled the countryside planting trees with Johnny Appleseed, in two different and equally entertaining versions of his story.

We visited “A House in the Woods” and waited anxiously with “Owl Babies” for their mother’s return, saw the nighttime forest come alive as we flew through “Little Owl’s Night”, and read about friendship and patience in another touching collaboration from Phillip and Erin Stead, “Bear Has a Story to Tell”.  There were plenty of moose to go around this month, and there was a particularly popular (in our house) little toad whose ingenuity and perseverance saved her mother and brothers from an uncertain fate in “Teeny Tiny Toadie”.

We were reminded of the timeless appeal of classics like “Harold and the Purple Crayon”, Margaret and H.A. Rey’s “Pretzel”, and Don Freeman’s “Earl the Squirrel”, and in “Penguin Problems” we were (humorously) introduced to the idea that penguins are individuals and it may be that not all of them are necessarily jazzed about their lot in life.

By the end of the month we could tell that fall was here in earnest, and the holiday season was upon us…onward to November!

 


Day 88 – Circle of Seasons

Today’s book, Gerda Muller’s “Circle of Seasons”, is a simple and soothing introduction to the seasons, complete with playful and captivating illustrations in Ms. Muller’s characteristic style. While paging through this lovely book, we kept feeling as though we wanted to be inside each of the seasonal scenes, and we could feel a love of nature and of natural beauty shining through each of the drawings.

Circle“Circle of Seasons” is actually a compilation of four “Seasons” board books that were individually published in 1994. The four original books have no text, just Ms. Muller’s charming pictures. This “Circle of Seasons” compilation adds only minimal prose to these illustrations, and does a really nice job of maintaining a slow and inviting pace. After reading the cover page for Spring, (“You know it’s spring when…”) the reader is presented a wordless 2 page bucolic scene of a little country house with flowers in bloom, buds on the trees, baby sheep in the field, and many other sweet details that children can come to associate with the season. Each wordless spread, two per season, presents a welcome invitation to stop and explore the illustrations, to discuss what is happening in the picture and to pick out the details that might be associated with the season depicted. I love the timeless nature of the seasonally-appropriate games and activities taking place in each scene, and I thought it was neat that Ms. Muller included both Christmas and Hanukkah as representative of winter.

We have had Ms. Muller’s Seasons books in our collection for several years, and they have been solid favorites with our youngest for quite a while. I had a bit of a hard time locating a copy of this compilation, but I am so thankful we found one to add to our Gerda Muller collection.