Thursday, October 6, 2016

Wonderfall by Michael Hall -OPTIONAL

Hall, Michael Wonderfall, Illustrated by Hall, Michael. PICTURE BOOK. Greenwillow (Harper Collins), 2016. $17.99. Content: G
This book is fall told from the perspective of an acorn tree. Each page is much like a short simple poem, the author using words that end in Fall as part of each title. Like Peacefall, Eventfall, Thankfall. We see back to school pass to Halloween and to thanksgiving and ending in the first snow of winter (Snowfall). The illustrations are large and bright and filled with fall animals. Information is provided at the end about the animals and in particular, Grey Squirrels.
The blended words are creatively spelled, but for a school library mis-spellings are usually frowned upon. I didn’t enjoy the short little poems and would have liked a story or just a short paragraph. Its simple enough to read to a Kindergarten class or even Pre-K, but sort of boring because of the format, and a bit confusing because of the point of view. Wouldn’t be my first choice for a lesson about fall, or for a collection of fall stories.

EL (K-3) – OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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