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In November

In November


In November

ratings:
3.5/5 (6 ratings)
Length:
35 pages
13 minutes
Released:
Nov 10, 2015
ISBN:
9780547540733
Format:
Book

Description

In November, the air grows cold and the earth and all of its creatures prepare for winter. Animals seek food and shelter. And people gather together to celebrate their blessings with family and friends.
Cynthia Rylant's lyrical language and Jill Kastner's rich, cozy paintings capture the cherished moments of this autumn month--the moments we spend together and the ones we witness in the world around us.
Released:
Nov 10, 2015
ISBN:
9780547540733
Format:
Book

About the author

Cynthia Rylant is the author of more than 100 books for young people, including the beloved Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball, Brownie & Pearl, Motor Mouse, and Mr. Putter & Tabby series. Her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon.


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3.7
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  • (4/5)
    Newbery Medal-winning author Cynthia Rylant explores the beauties of November in this lyrical picture-book celebration of late autumn/early winter in the countryside. From the activities of animals both wild and domestic to the special festival that the humans engage in, all of the important key-notes of the season are covered...I wasn't expecting to enjoy In November quite as much as I did, but I found Rylant's text immensely evocative. The conclusion - "In November, at winter's gate, the stars are brittle. The sun is a sometime friend. And the world has tucked her children in, with a kiss on their heads, till spring" - strikes just the right note, while the narrative throughout captures the sense of change and excitement in the air at this time of year. The artwork by Jill Kastner, done in oil paint, is also lovely, depicting the cozy, quiet joys mentioned in the story. My favorite scene (no surprise, given my love for all things feline) was the one with the pile of cats in the barn! Recommended to anyone looking for picture-books about autumn, Thanksgiving (although not mentioned by name, it is clear that this is the holiday depicted in text and artwork), and the changing of the seasons in a rural setting.
  • (5/5)
    A story that shares the changing of the seasons from summer to autumn. This story shares how nature prepares for the hard upcoming winter in November. It shares several animals preparation for the winter season.The story plot and illustrations are wonderful and inviting for the young reader. I personally love the detail provided by both the author and illustrator that provides the reader a sense of the autumn season.This book would be wonderful to share with student who do not experience a major change of seasons like northern states of the northern hemisphere. I love the illustrations of this book as they are captivating and will engage the reader. I would love to share this book during the autumn season with my students in southeast Louisiana to provide them with a sense of the changing of the seasons. This would be a great book to support a science lesson on how animals prepare for the winter season.
  • (5/5)
    This book is very educational for students learning about the seasons and how things change as each year passes by. In November the earth is quiet, preparing for winter; trees with all sticks and bones, birds fly away, birds eating berries, animals sleep more due to the chilly air, fires are lit, and food is always better. This book helps better explain and show great pictures to describe the changes that occur during the month of November.
  • (5/5)
    A well-paced book that makes you feel the time slow down in the coldness and quiet of November. You can feel the warmth in the colors and smells of food in November in the illustrations of cherry pie, "an orange smell" and "a squash and a pumpkin smell." You can feel the closeness of a shared family Thanksgiving meal described as, "They travel very far on a special November day just to share a meal with one another and to give thanks for their many blessings." This book has a very rich vocabulary including brittle, tucked, cracking, woodstove, cider, cinnamon, shiver and serious.
  • (3/5)
    1/13 Huh. I'd forgotten that I didn't much like this book when I was gathering read-aloud books at the library. And interestingly enough, though I still loathed the illustrations, this time Rylant's prose worked for me. I must have been in an especially curmudgeonly mood the first time- or maybe I was going too fast since I wasn't sharing it with anyone. Either way, I retract my earlier review.

    7/11 2 stars. I usually adore Rylant's stuff. This is the exception. Part of it is that I loathed the illustrations (A blonde cardinal? Really?) and part of it is that the text was less grounded than I expect from Rylant. It wasn't exactly phoned in, but it wasn't nearly as good as I expected. Give it a miss.
  • (2/5)
    Maybe I'm just overwhelmed by Rylant's fantasies of a perfectly wholesome world, but I just don't think this is one of her most valuable works. Not everyone lives in Virginia or Ohio or wherever.