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As leaves fall from their trees, animals huddle against the cold, and frost creeps across windows, everyone knows―winter is on its way!
Join a brother and sister as they explore nature and take a stroll through their twinkling town, greeting all the signs of the coming season. In a series of conversations with everything from the setting sun to curious deer, they say goodbye to autumn and welcome the glorious first snow of winter in Kenar Pak's Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter.
From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Two children experience the transition from autumn to winter in this luminous picture book. In a brown field edged with trees, a dark-haired duo, perhaps brother and sister, play in a pile of red, yellow, and orange leaves. As they travel across the landscape, the text alternates between simple greetings—"Hello, leaves…Hello, clouds."—and responses. "Hello! We're ready to fly far, far south," the robins and cardinals reply. This dialogue is whimsical and informational, succinctly describing the habits of animals and plants preparing for winter, but also greeting the "silent night" who "quiet(s) the juniper and maple trees." The children journey from the forest's edge, past a farm, and into town as the hazy afternoon turns to blue twilight. While they sleep, their world is transformed into a winter snowscape with only the occasional red leaf appearing as a visual link to autumn. Upon waking, they reverse their journey, greeting snowflakes, frost, and icicles, and finally building a snowman in the same field where they began. Pak's digitally enhanced watercolor-and-pencil illustrations contrast the rounded softness, reds, and browns of the countryside with the sharp corners, grays, and blues of a vibrant, diverse urban community preparing for the winter holidays. Each detailed spread is arranged horizontally, making it easy for young audiences to follow the children's movement from left to right across the countryside. VERDICT Lyrical and informative, this lovely introduction to the seasons is perfect for sharing with young audiences in groups or one-on-one.—Chelsea Couillard-Smith, Hennepin County Library, MN
"Lyrical and informative, this lovely introduction to the seasons is perfect for sharing with young audiences in groups or one-on-one." ―School Library Journal on Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter"Pak’s well-executed first appearance as both author and illustrator offers a warm welcome to fall." ―The Horn Book, starred review, on Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn
"A gentle, gorgeous welcome to summer’s end and fall’s beginning, perfect for storytime or one-on-one reading." ―School Library Journal, on Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn
"A visual success conjuring up the best about the seasons’ changes." ―Kirkus Reviews, on Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn
"The focus is on the natural world, but Pak (Flowers Are Calling) celebrates city life, too, with drawings of diverse townspeople . . . that show a rainbow of a community. It’s a thoughtful look at the kind of change that unfolds almost imperceptibly." ―Publishers Weekly, on Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn
About the Author
Kenard Pak is the author and illustrator of
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn. Starting out as an artist with DreamWorks and Disney, Mr. Pak has also illustrated children’s books such as
Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray and
The Dinner That Cooked Itself by J. C. Hsyu. He now lives in San Francisco with his wife and their three cats.