Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn (Kenard Pak)


Hello, all! Welcome to our Fall Festivities Week! From today through Thursday, we will be reading books that celebrate the change of seasons: fall colors, autumn holidays and, of course, Thanksgiving. To start us off, our book today is Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak, an exploration of the different elements of nature that change as the seasons do.

A young boy leaves his house to go for a walk in the woods, greeting everything he meets along his way. Each plant and creature returns his friendly “Hello!” and explains how they are preparing for autumn: the wind blows through the trees, scattering the now-colorful leaves, the animals collect food and migrate or hibernate, and thunderclouds begin to gather in the distance. The boy concludes his walk, enjoying the last summer evening of the year, and greeting the following morning with, “Hello, Autumn!” 

This was a lovely book to teach children about the coming of fall, and how they can look for the changes in nature around them. The text is straightforward yet informative, and the watercolor-inspired art is filled with all the beautiful colors and tones one associates with autumn. The length is good, and JJ enjoyed it, so this one is solid! Baby Bookworm approved!

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