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  1. Ioana
    Oradea, Romania
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Fantastic Fall Read for Kids
    September 23, 2014
    Ioana
    Oradea, Romania
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for The Fantastic Gifts of Fall.
    The Fantastic Gifts of Fall is the first in the Seasons series. The author, Dandi Daley Mackall, did a great job, and so did the illustrator, Katherine Blackmore. The whole series is intended for children age 4 to 8, and for this reason the text is rhymed and written in a rhythm that makes the whole book sound like a poem. This is exactly what crossed my mind as I was reading it. As a child I knew some children's poems for autumn, but this one is written from a Christian perspective. I honestly never thought there are so many Bible verses that actually "fit" the fall season. For each activity illustrated and mentioned in the book there is a verse that goes with it. Such a great reminded that indeed, fall is a blessing too.

    This book focuses on some specific activities and elements for this season. The crispy air, playing in the leaves, the "V" of the geese, picking pumpkins, apples, pears, and other autumn specific fruit, enjoying the crisp air, going on a hayride and horseback riding, and the season's culmination - Thanksgiving. Actually, the whole book is like a list of everyday simple things that are blessings and reasons for children to say "Thank You, God, for autumn." This book also ends with the promise of another season, winter.

    The illustrations so beautiful! They are so rich in color, they so easily capture the beauty of this season. The illustrator did a fantastic job! It actually felt comfortable turning the page as they created a homey feeling as I remembered my own childhood. The illustrations for this book look as if they are painted, and details are given close attention. It's easily "read" even if the kids can't read the text themselves.

    The book ends with a Parent Connection section which provides a Bible reference, some questions for discussion and an autumn craft focusing on thanks giving. A great opportunity for discussion with the kids.

    B&H Publoshing Group, the children's section, provided this book for review. All thoughts expressed in this review are my own.
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