“Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn” written and illustrated by Kenard Pak is a delightful walk through nature. A little girl leaves her home on a late summer’s day and walks through a wooded area. All the animals are preparing for winter, and many are heading south to their winter homes. As she continues to walk, the foliage begins to turn from green to orange to reds. Now there is a chill in the air and the wind whips around her and causes leaves to fall.
As she nears her home at the end of the day, the sun is setting and the animals are asleep. We next see her sitting on the steps on her home, dressed in a warm jacket and scarf. As she looks at the changed landscape, she welcomes autumn.
Young readers will enjoy identifying the changes the young girl experiences on her walk. The watercolor and pencil drawings beautifully capture the change in seasons.
“Waiting For Snow” written by Marsha Diane Arnold with drawings by Renata Liwska is the story of a group of impatient animals waiting for the first snow- fall of the winter season.
Tired of waiting, Badger, Rabbit and their friends try several ways to get nature to cooperate. They throw pebbles at the sky hoping to punch holes in the clouds so the snow can fall through. They dance, wear their pajamas backward, and wait and wait and wait. Finally, when it is time, snow begins to fall and the waiting is over.
The non-threatening animals are cuddly and cute. Their human approach to the problem makes them very endearing. Young readers, especially those who are eager for the first snowfall, will enjoy this simple story.