Awesome Autumn: All Kinds of Fall Facts and Fun by photographer Bruce Goldstone is a wonderful celebration of fall through all the senses.
As you can see from the cover, Goldstone’s beautiful photography celebrates the vibrant color of fall leaves. He also has pages about how autumn feels, how autumn tastes, how it sounds and although he doesn’t have a page for it, you definitely get an idea of the smells of autumn as well, from decaying leaves to Thanksgiving dinner. He also points out some autumn shapes.
You might get an idea from the above paragraph that this book is for preschoolers. However, nestled between these simpler two-page spreads are denser discussions of topics like migration and hibernation. This is definitely a book that could be used with mixed-age groups. It would also grow with children, so they would be able to revisit it over several years and still find new things.
In the back are quick instructions to several hands-on fall activities such as making pressed leaves and roasting pumpkin seeds.
Awesome Autumn: All Kinds of Fall Facts and Fun will definitely appeal to nature lovers, and is perfect for lessons on autumn, seasons, and weather. I guarantee you will want a copy for your shelf.
Growing With Science has some suggestions for related science activities
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (August 7, 2012)
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