Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is just a wonder
ful fall book!
By Michael Hall
40 pages – ages 5+
Published by Greenwillow on September 6, 2016
Theme/Topic- Beauty in life / Environment
Genre- Realistic Fiction
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “Peacefall. A gentle breeze is jiggling me.”
Synopsis from Publisher: “Wonderfall follows a single tree through the changing of the seasons. People, animals, and vehicles pass in front of the tree, celebrating holidays, playing in its leaves, and getting ready for winter. Fifteen combined words (thankful + fall = thankFALL, plentiful + fall = plentiFALL) underscore the themes and concepts of the season, while the main attraction—the beautiful tree—drops acorns, loses leaves, and provides food and a home for a pair of scurrying squirrels. Two full spreads at the back of the book offer additional information about the animals featured in the book, as well as the science behind squirrels, acorns, and saplings.”
What I Thought- This is a really neat poetry book. It shows the coming and passing of fall from a tree’s point of view. The poems are mostly free verse, with the occasional rhyming word (probably just coincidence). The illustrations are really neat, as you can see the subtle changes as fall progresses.
I also really like the collage illustrations. The colors are bold and contrast well. There is also a lot going on in the illustrations. The reader can pick out new details when re-reading the book. The text is easy enough for early readers to read and the book also makes a great read aloud. I really enjoyed this book.
Activities and Resources-
I love it when books have their own resources built in! This book has a great end-section with notes on wildlife and how they get ready for winter. There is also a description of what happens to trees during the winter. A great addition to the book!
There are some great tree related activities at Fantasticfunandlearning.com HERE.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!