Rylant, Cynthia. In November. Illustrated by Jill Kastner. Harcourt Brace, 2000. ISBN 0-15-201076-9. $16.00. 32 pp. A Pre-2 PB NF Reviewed by Janet Francis This book pictures the essence of autumn and winter nature from the a single mouse in a snowy field to the cats piled together for warmth in the barn to the graceful, lacy trees stretching their bare limbs into the blue sky. Rylant informs us that food tastes better in the winter and has a different smell. People are good to each other, she remarks, and carry pies and visit. She gives a factual, observant picture of Thanksgiving activity. This poetic portrayal of the fireplace month of the year is simple enough for a perfect read-aloud but not simple-minded. It touches the memory and connects observations with it. Children will know November even if they are not lucky enough to see it. Kastner’s tactile illustrations give the words undeniable life.
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