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Welcome Fall (Little Scholastic)

Welcome Fall (Little Scholastic)
Author: Jill Ackerman
ISBN 13: 9780545099172
ISBN 10: 54509917
Edition: Ina Ltf Mu
Publisher: Cartwheel Books
Publication Date: 2009-07-01
Format: Board book
Pages: 10
List Price: $5.99

This bright, tactile board book celebrates a first encounter with the most colorful season: fall! Bold, simple illustrations and textures show what a child first sees, hears, touches, and feels. And no matter how windy it may be outside, this child ends up safe and snug in Daddy's arms. The third in this series of four seasonal offerings.

Introducing Little Scholastic, a developmental publishing program of interactive books created exclusively to give babies and toddlers a head start in learning.

Every book features:

* Interactive components

* High color contrast

* Rhyming, repetitive, or predictable text

* Familiar subjects and surroundings

* Simple concepts

* Distinct leveling between the ages of 0-3

Children's Literature

Touch and feel elements seem to be pretty popular in books right now. The focus here is autumn, or "fall." The opening spread shows a boy looking at a tree. Readers can lift the large flap to find that, suddenly, all of the green leaves have turned orange, red, yellow and brown. The winds are blowing a little harder; and since it is cooler in fall, the boy's scarf billows out behind him as he strolls along. The scarf is textured and available for young ones to run their fingers across. Who can resist jumping into a pile of leaves? Here, they crunch and crinkle. The apples are ready to be picked; unfortunately, these shiny balls look more like oranges than apples. The closing pages show a father and son in each other's arms and what looks like a just-baked apple pie cooling. The concepts are appropriate for teaching about this season. Too bad there wasn't better control over the printing of the red in the apples. This board book has another positive feature in that the young boy appears to be African-American. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot