Full of Fall

April Pulley Sayre. Beach Lane, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4814-7984-4
In a companion to Best in Snow and Raindrops Roll, Sayre offers a luminous look at autumn leaves, pairing spare verse with crisp photography: “Hello, yellow./ Greetings, gold./ Oh—it’s orange!/ Red, be bold.” Sayre’s full-bleed photographs include images of trees laden with vivid leaves, rippling water that transforms unseen leaves above into an abstract display, and the “Margins. Midribs./ Sunlit veins” of a single leaf shown in close-up. Later in the fall, “Trees are ready./ Twigs let go./ Leaves slip and spin./ Wind sweeps— leaves blow!” The final stage of decomposition welcomes winter’s approach. Sayre’s visual tribute to fall foliage gently implores readers to notice the quiet beauty unfolding all around them. A closing spread provides detailed insight into the science behind trees’ exquisite autumnal show. Ages 3–8. Agent: Emily Mitchell, Wernick & Pratt. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 07/17/2017
Release date: 08/29/2017
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