Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
I like everything about this book and know that both children and teachers will love it. I was unaware of Pak’s work until someone asked me who created the cover art for Patricia MacLachlan’s newest, The Poet’s Dog. I knew he was an artist to look for. Consisting entirely of double-paged spreads, the story follows a child walking throughout his/her town and saying hello to all the creatures and plant life she encounters. There is always a reply from each thus providing their own particular point of view. Not only does this show children the slow, steady , and inevitable change of the seasons nut what happens to the animals and other living things as the transition occurs. The double-paged spreads are a perfect way of pulling your eye along on the child’s journey. This is one of those books where the art and the story completely dovetail. It’s just gorgeous. It comes out on August 16th just in time for back-to-school when the summer is, in fact, leaving and autumn will be arriving.