I’ve mentioned several times how much I love Halloween and how much J and I love Fall, and I hope to instill that love in Daniel as well. This year I went a little crazy and bought him several books to introduce him to the season – hey, no child was ever spoiled by having too many books, right? Here are a few thoughts on them:
Apples and Pumpkins (Anne Rockwell) is about a family’s visit to a farm, and the little girl’s experience picking apples and choosing the perfect pumpkin for Halloween. It’s a very simple book with a sentence on each page, and the illustrations are beautiful. Daniel loves this book and grabs it out of my hands to turn the pages himself when we read it. It is an older book that has been re-issued, but it doesn’t feel dated at all. The only downside to this book is that it’s not a board book, so the pages can be difficult for toddler fingers to manage.
Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin (Mary Serfozo) is about a young tiger named Peter’s search for the most perfect pumpkin to carve (with the assistance of his father) into a jack-o-lantern. The book is darling, the story sweet and the illustrations excellent, but I don’t like it as much as the others. I wanted to like it a lot since we are cat people (not this kind of cat people), but I don’t because of the writing. It rhymes, awkwardly, and it makes the story difficult to read. I can’t get the words to flow when I read it as if I were stumbling. Daniel likes the book, though.
Ghosts in the House! (Kazuno Kohara) is about a little girl and her cat (notice a trend?) who discover that their new house is haunted. The story is very simple and easy to read, but it’s the illustrations that make the book stand out. The pages are a bold dark orange, while the little girl and her cat are black and the ghosts white. The characters leap from the page and while the book has a modern feel, its message is simple and old-fashioned. It is definitely not your typical Halloween book. This is another book that Daniel grabs from my hands and tries to turn the pages himself.
Mouse’s First Fall (Lauren Thompson) is about a little mouse and her sister’s enjoyment of a beautiful fall day. They study leaves, noting their color and shape, pile them up, jump in them and play hide and seek. This book is completely about the season with no mention of Halloween. It’s illustrated in bright, beautiful fall colors and while the story is very simple, it’s a great book to use to point out the different shapes of leaves and work on colors.
Corduroy’s Halloween (Don Freeman). Who doesn’t love Corduroy? This Lift-A-Flap book takes Corduroy and his assorted friends through typical fall activities such as raking leaves and visiting a pumpkin patch to getting ready for Halloween. Daniel loves this book because of the interactivity with the flaps, and it was a great book to use to introduce him to Halloween without any worries of it scaring him. I also like that it’s a book with which he can interact on his own and doesn’t require me to read it to him for him to enjoy it.
What are your favorite fall or Halloween reads?