It Happens in the Month of November
Illustrated by Pat DeWitt and Robin DeWitt
Ages 6 to 8
Charlesbridge, 2002, 0-88106-927-2
For many November is a month of crisp mornings, drifts of fallen leaves on the ground, short days, and the promise of winter. It is the time to get the garden and the home ready for the cold months ahead and to gather in the harvest.
Some animals settle down for their winter hibernation in this month, preparing for the sleep which will last until spring arrives. Others grow thicker fur and finish collecting food stores which they will need in the days ahead.
There are several special days in November. One is Thanksgiving, an American and Canadian holiday which combines the traditions of the harvest festivals of the Old World with a celebration of thanksgiving which early settlers had in the New World. In addition there is Election Day and Veteran’s Day.
Young readers will enjoy learning about the month of November in this excellent title. The text captures the feel of this cooler month, preparing readers for what is to come and giving them a sense of the seasons, showing them how humans, animals, and plants are affected by the passing of time.
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