I have mentioned that a perk to working in a bookstore is seeing things before they come out. The other perk is finding a book you might not have found if you were not surrounded by all types of books. Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter is one of those finds. I found this book while cleaning out older reader copies.
I enjoy pictures books as an adult as they are fun, quick reads. And as someone who likes giving books, a picture book can be a fun read aloud to a child or your child’s first read alone. Especially for the child who might be struggling a little with reading. You usually have a shorter story, but if not, but you have the illustrations to complement the reading. One of my favorite reading stories (and I have a lot of them) was the girl who was a very strong reader, but was unable to read Redwall due to the format. She could have handled the context, length etc., but the small print was too much for her. I recommended trying a partially illustrated version of the book. And they flew through it and the rest of the series (in the smaller text format), too. They are now one of my coworkers. (And yes, I feel a little old as one of my “kids” is now an adult. Though, they are not my first “kid” to grow up or work at the store with me….) And I could see this book doing the same thing for a younger reader. It could make a reader where there is not one.
The story is basic: A brother and sister explore nature and take a stroll through their town as the season changes from autumn to winter. It tells of the changing seasons in a country setting. Therefore, a city child might not appreciate it the same way, unless there is a park or wooded area near them that has changing leaves. Or it could be a nice way to have someone from say Arizona that might not have the same fall to winter experience as a New England child does. (And as one of those New England kids, I do recommend seeing foliage at least once in your life.)