More than anything, this book is stunning! There are very few words, making it a favorite for beginning readers and the pictures are beautiful and magical, making it a favorite for non-readers. I included it in the Autumn book basket because it seems to show the earth going to sleep... and this time of year, it can feel as though the days get shorter very quickly.
At first, we got it from the library, but within the week I knew we had to own it and add it to our Autumn book box. The kids just LOVE the story! Rebecca Estelle, an old maid, hates pumpkins. But when a pumpkin truck accidentally drops a pumpkin in her front yard circumstances make her adjust her opinion of pumpkins... and create a connection with her community as well. A charming story and a good laugh (and plenty of moments to tear up too).
And just in case that isn't enough reason to go out and see if you can find this book, here is a whole Natural Kids unit study based on this book and pumpkins! Perfect for this time of year. :)
Another adorable addition to the Brambly Hedge series by Jill Barklem, Autumn Story does not disappoint! The harvest time is very busy for the creatures of Brambly Hedge. One day, when out gathering, Primrose gets lost and has a wonderful little adventure. The story includes a lot of harvest activities that we do around here in the fall; gathering for winter, preserving foods, and enjoying hot tea being among them. And just like the other books in the series, the illustrations are amazingly detailed and make me remember fondly the days of laying in the grass, making tiny houses for fairies and mice alike.
This is the story that Cyan read yesterday. It is an adorable book about a pumpkin that feels like an outsider because he has a different shape than the rest of the pumpkins in his patch. In the end, he gets to save the day with his difference and enjoys being the hero for his pumpkin patch.
I didn't realise that this book had become a franchise until I searched for this image on Google. There is apparently a Spookly movie, a Spookly website and everything! I look forward to looking for those at my library, but for now, we are very happy just to read the book over and over.