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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!