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Review of My Autumn Book

yee_my autumn bookMy Autumn Book
by Wong Herbert Yee; 
illus. by the author
Preschool   Ottaviano/Holt   32 pp.
8/15   978-0-8050-9922-5   $14.99

A girl celebrates autumn in Yee’s fourth in a quartet of books about the seasons (Tracks in the Snow, rev. 11/03; Who Likes Rain?, rev. 3/07; Summer Days and Nights, rev. 7/12). The young narrator continues her fascination with animals, insects, and, here, trees. Roaming her yard with backpack and camera in hand, she identifies several types of specimens (cicada, woodpecker, chipmunk, dogwood, and more), takes pictures, collects acorns and leaves, then gathers everything into a scrapbook — 
to look at when autumn is over and winter has come. As in the previous books, the Prismacolor pencil art rather than the rhyming text is the main attraction. Yee’s shading and color blending are meticulously done, and 
the illustrations vary among full-page, spot art, and everything in between, giving viewers lots to look at. Whether talking to a spider, photographing a chipmunk, or dancing among falling leaves, our little naturalist-in-training makes autumn (or whatever season 
she’s enjoying) seem like the very best time of year.

From the September/October 2015 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

About Jennifer M. Brabander

Jennifer M. Brabander is former senior editor of The Horn Book Magazine.

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