Yes, I realize I’m a bit behind the times. Definitely had an off-week (or two!) in terms of posting and writing. Strep has been circulating in our little house, and I’m pretty sure it finally hit me yesterday. With a tired and cranky Little Goose who is already going through this lovely four-year-old phase of arguing and whining about EVERYTHING, I haven’t gotten much accomplished.
So, rather than coming up with some fever-induced topic, I thought I would share one of my favorite “November” books.
In November, by Cynthia Rylant
I have read this book to my second graders every year for the last several, this year I’m sharing it with my daughter and the preschoolers I teach at home.
This is a beautiful, richly illustrated book about the quiet magic of this time of year. The images Cynthia Rylant creates in the minds of her readers are priceless, and Kastner’s illustrations are perfect.
“In November, the trees are all standing sticks and bones. Without their leaves, how lovely they are, spreading their arms like dancers. They know it is time to be still.” (p. 8)
If you happen to be a teacher, this book is a must for your classroom library (as are most of Rylant’s books). It’s also perfect for sharing with your little ones at bedtime if you’re a parent, and if you’re a writer, you should own it purely to study the craft of Rylant’s descriptions and the soft emotions she evokes with her words.
And … for those who are curious.
Book Two progress so far: 44,143
I very much want to break 50k this week!
Posted on November 8, 2011, in Book Review, Word Count, Writing and tagged autumn, book reviews, cynthia rylant, how to write a novel, in November, Jill Kastner, picture books, teaching, writing craft, writing stages. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.