Perfect Picture Book Friday – Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

It’s official!

According to the calendar (if  not the 86 degree weather forecast) it is autumn!

Time for foliage that makes even rainy days bright, wooly sweaters, apple crisp, and the tang of woodsmoke in the air 🙂

And little piggies on park benches, apparently!


I was lucky enough to have lunch with my dear friend, the delightful Elaine of Kidlit411 fame, yesterday and outside on the bench was this cutie-pie little piggy.  Her name is Missy Lou.  She is 4 months old and is a teacup pig so she won’t grow much bigger than this.  Infinitely pick-up-and-cuddleable and already litter box trained.  Who knew???!!!  I think I’m a little in love 🙂

There are no little piggies in my Perfect Picture Book for today (more’s the pity 🙂 ) but I knew you guys would want to see her anyway 🙂

Now then, onto today’s Perfect Picture Book which, in spite of its dearth of little piggies, is a lovely book about welcoming autumn!


Title: Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

Written & Illustrated By: Kenard Pak

Henry Holt & Co, August 2016, fiction based on fact

Suitable For Ages: publisher says 4-7, but I think 3-7 would also work.

Themes/Topics: seasons (summer, autumn), nature

Opening: “Hello, late summer morning.

Brief Synopsis: A child takes a walk greeting the trees, birds, animals, insects, and even weather as he goes, and each one tells him how it is preparing for autumn.

Links To Resources: brainstorm a list of signs of autumn; take a walk outdoors and look for signs of autumn; press leaves; make leaf collages; animal leaf collage (the few words are in Spanish but it’s a video and everything is demonstrated so you can understand no problem and the animals are cute 🙂 ); go apple or pumpkin picking; make delicious things out of apples and pumpkins :); apple recipes

Why I Like This Book: This is a lovely simple book about observing the way summer melts into autumn and how nature prepares.  The child talks to the elements of nature – trees and flowers, animals, birds and insects, even the weather – and they answer back.
Hello, trees.”
Hello!  Now that the cool winds have come,
we love how our branches sway in the sun.
The art is lovely – the vivid greens of summer turning into the gold, orange, red and brown of fall with each successive page.  A simple pretty book to facilitate discussion and understanding of the changing season.


Text and Illustration Copyright Kenard Pak 2016

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂  Go pick some apples and then come back here and share your favorite apple recipes 🙂