This is a very peaceful book about the changing seasons and the coming of winter. Beautiful illustrations by Jill Kastner are a great accompaniment to Cynthia Rylant’s words.
“In November, the earth is growing quiet. It is making its bed, a winter bed for flowers and small creatures.” “In November, some birds move away and some birds stay.” “In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and a pumpkin smell.”
The story talks about the animals, birds, trees and finally ends with a family joining in a special meal, presumably Thanksgiving. This is a wonderful book to share with your younger students as Thanksgiving approaches.
I love the Mr. Putter and Tabby series for 1st and 2nd grade readers or a fun read aloud for K and 1st grade. There are about 20 books in the series and would make great gifts. My personal favorites are: Mr. Putter and Tabby Take the Train, Mr. Putter and Tabby Feed the Fish, Mr. Putter and Tabby Fly the Plane and Mr. Putter and Tabby Row the Boat.
Mr. Putter is an elderly man who lives with his fine cat Tabby. He lives next door to Mrs. Teaberry and her naughtly dog Zeke. Together, Mr. Putter and Tabby and Mrs. Teaberry and Zeke go on many fun, and funny, adventures. The three short chapter format is perfect for young readers.
The illustrations by Arthur Howard are colorful and engaging. Highly recommended for young readers.