Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

When Autumn Falls

When Autumn Falls

Kelli Nidey
Illustrator:  Susan Swan 
Picture Book
For ages 3 to 5
Albert Whitman, 2004   ISBN: 978-0807504901

Here is a picture of fall, of all the things that make fall so special and so enjoyable. There are leaves falling to the ground, leaves that make "crunched-up" noises when they are stepped on. There are ripe apples  that are perfect "for bobbing."  There are pumpkin's that can be carved into a "jack-o-lantern. " Finally, there are changes in the light, the sky, and the weather.

The author beautifully sets a mood with minimal text and perfectly chosen words that are suggestive and full of imagery. To complement the text, Susan Swan has created a remarkable series of three-dimensional, multi-media pictures that capture the essence of this very special season. This truly special picture book will delight fall lovers and young readers who are  artistically inclined.