Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

illus. by Kenard Pak. 32p. Holt. Aug. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781627794152.
RedReviewStarPreS-Gr 1—A girl wearing a red scarf greets a nippy late summer morning. The child wanders through woods, by a creek, and across farmland and finally arrives in town, encountering all sorts of flora and fauna along the way. She greets everyone in a friendly tone, saying hello to trees, blue jays, foxes, distant thunder, breezy wind, and the approaching chill in the air. In the end, returning home, it's "Goodbye, summer…Hello autumn!" Short sentences are positioned over the pictures. The spare text and muted watercolor illustrations blend perfectly to create a feeling of wonder at the change of seasons. This is an upbeat look at the promise of fall's glories.
VERDICT A gentle, gorgeous welcome to summer's end and fall's beginning, perfect for storytime or one-on-one reading.

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