- Megan Bingham
Now that wispy winds have come, red, gold, and brown leaves cover the trees. As they fall to the ground, birds fly with them toward the South for warmth. Soon, farm animals will be taking shelter from the cold nights in their stables. Even though it's colder, flowers bend their heads to welcome the sunlight for just a little longer.
The North Star now makes its appearance, shining bright in the cold nights. Evergreens stand tall against the black night, shivering in the wind while they sleep. Frost fills the air, decorating windows with soft patterns, and hanging from every eave of every house. "Hello, snowflakes!" you may call. "Hello," they will answer back. "We fall in a white, misty curtain and muffle all the sounds around you." Goodbye, Autumn . . . and hello, Winter!
Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter is an excellent addition to our books that teach children how the seasons change. In a series of conversations between brother and sister, with everything from the whispering wind to the falling leaves to the busy animals, they share a kind goodbye to Autumn and welcome Winter with open arms. Like Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn, Pak's beautiful illustrations delight the reader with every turn of a page. Other recommended material with illustrations by Kenard Pak includes The Fog, by Kyo Maclear, and Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray.