cover image Yellow Time

Yellow Time

Lauren Stringer. Beach Lane, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4814-3156-9

Stringer (Deer Dancer) offers up a poetic meditation on the transient wonders of autumn—aka “yellow time”—finding delight in everything from the smells of the season (“Like wet mud and dry grass/ with a sprinkle of sugar”) to animals not always considered to be lovely in and of themselves (“Black crows fill bare branches/ and raise their voices/ in praise of yellow time”). Rendered in acrylic and oil, Stringer’s paintings burst with bright swaths of sunflower yellow as trees bend and sway in the wind, giving up their leaves in golden swirls and curls as jacketed children revel in the turbulent weather, making crowns from fallen leaves and saving some to press between book pages as mementos of the season. It’s a joyful reminder to make the most of fall when it’s here. Up to age 8. (Sept.)