YELLOW TIME by Lauren Stringer


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Age Range: 3 - 6
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Autumnal bliss is at the heart of this poetic celebration of yellow foliage.

"Yellow time comes / before white time. / Every time." Watercolor-and-acrylic paintings are as invested in depicting the swirling motion of wind-swept clouds as they are in glorying in the yellow leaves that eventually fall from trees. The flap copy says that Stringer was inspired to write her text after seeing a grove of ash trees turn a brilliant shade of yellow in the fall, and this helps explain the monochromatic vision of autumn, devoid of oranges, reds, and browns, that fills the spreads. From page to page, a multiracial cast of children delights in the autumnal splendor, leaving their houses to cavort in the swirling, falling leaves together. A pet dog and cat, wild squirrels, and an abundance of black crows join in the revelry, their colors peppered across spreads dominated by a washing of golden yellows. The satisfying, bookish conclusion depicts siblings pressing leaves “in thick books to remember… / what a lovely yellow time it was.”

Lovely, indeed. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 20th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-4814-3156-9
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2016


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