In November

Author:  Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator:  Jill Kastner


There is a wonderful lesson to be learned in this story – and it just happens to be the very first sentence.

In November, the earth in growing quiet.

imagesWhy do I say that is a wonderful lesson?  Perhaps because once November arrives, we begin to fill our days with an abundance of planning, fretting, shopping, baking, and generally overlooking the precious and meaningful reasons for why we celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas.  This gently written story with its peaceful illustrations has a way of bringing a smile to  your heart.  As you gaze at the forest creatures preparing for winter, the farmyard cats curling up in the corners of the barn,  you’ll surely snuggle closer to your little readers.


Food is better in November than any other time of year.

Oh! Can’t you smell it? Oranges, pumpkin pies, cinnamon,  and apple cider!  What a special time it is when families travel far just to share a meal with one another and give thanks for all of our many blessings.

This is a perfect read aloud to share this season with those you love.  Curl up and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of this special time of year!

Mary Byrne Kline

1. Can you name a bird that flies south in winter? Can you name a bird that stays?

2. Where did the bees go for the winter?

3. Name 3 things you are thankful for.


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