In November

Author:  Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator:  Jill Kastner

imgres-1“In November, the earth is growing quiet. It is making its bed, a winter bed for flowers and small creatures. The bed is white and silent, and much life can hide beneath its blankets.”

A favorite of mine, In November illustrates the activities that occur in November (both seasonal and traditional) with the beauty of poetic language and Kastner’s oil paintings.  Use this book as a mentor text to illustrate the use of sensory images, similes, and metaphors:  the bare November trees are “all sticks and bones…spreading their arms like dancers.”  The smell of November food “is an orange smell, a squash, and a pumpkin smell.”

In November signals all things fall and family for me.  It is worthy of your family library collection and is sure to become a favorite.

Deni Corbett


Critical thinking questions based on Blooms:

1.  What is the difference between a “staying” bird and a “leaving” bird?
2.  Think of a favorite smell and describe it using words.
3.  How would you describe the color RED?  Find the illustration above in your book.  Look at the cardinal – at all the shades of red.  How many “reds” can you count? Get your red tempera paint out and try to recreate this bird.  (Parents – this is a wonderful activity for your child that will help them to appreciate the beauty of God’s creation.  They will never look at “red” the same way again.)