Fall has fallen.
I’ve never truly been surrounded by Autumn. In Singapore, we have either sunny or rainy days whole year round. There isn’t Spring. Well, not exactly. There is a twelve-month Summer, only not entirely. Some cooler days feel like Autumn, I’d imagine. And Winter in Singapore would be as far-fetched as living on Mars. (Shorter-fetched these days because more believe that both dreams will come true. Sooner than we think.)
But the stories I’ve read, as a child and adult, set in autumnal beauty, are glorious. They are the ones which help me picture the season. The different shades of orange and red. The slowing breaths. The harvests. The gratification. The reunions.
There is something sentimental and warm about Autumn. At times, it could be sad and scary for little leaves having to leave their mother trees. But in the end, as we all learn from the stories, the little leaves will do all right. The mother trees will sprout new children and live on. One fine day, the previous batches of leaves will return to the roots, to the ground, to the earth, and connect to their mothers again.
Here are some excellent picture books that depict Autumn as I imagine it: With layers, contrasts, bursting with colours, sometimes with Death added, and Re-birth awaiting.
· We Gather Together: Celebrating the Harvest Season Wendy Pfeffer & Linda Bleck
· Animals in Fall: Preparing for Winter (Cloverfield non-fiction series) Martha E. H. Rustad & Amanda Enright
· I Know It’s Autumn Eileen Spinelli & Nancy Hayashi
· Wild Child Lynn Plourde & Greg Couch
· The Little Yellow Leaf Carin Berger
· Fletcher and the Falling Leaves Julia Rawlinson & Tiphanie Beeke
· The Stranger Chris Van Allsberg (This is an autumnal mystery I love and just have got to add to the list.)
Are there any books that draw you in to the wonderful season?
If there’s Autumn in Singapore, I would enjoy watching leaves turn yellow and red; I would enjoy taking a walk in the crisp cool morning air; I would have the most fun watching stray cats attack falling leaves or leap into a stack of fallen ones. What about you guys? What is it that you and your children love about Autumn? Please tell me more, so I can better picture it in my head.
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