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It Happens in the Month of October
Ellen Jackson
Illustrated by Pat DeWitt and Robin DeWitt
Non-Fiction (Series)
Ages 6 to 8
Charlesbridge, 2002, 0-88106-923-X
  Did you know that the ancient Romans tried to rename the month of October? They wanted the month to be named after someone famous the way the months of June, July, and August were, but their attempts were in vain. The name October stuck and so it has continued to the present day.
  The days are now getting noticeably shorter and as so many nights are clear and cool, one can see the stars very clearly. The nuts on trees are ripening and falling to the ground where animals of all kinds collect them. Flowers are mostly dead but the trees are dressed in their fall colors which are bright and rich making woodlands beautiful to look at.
  Many animals fight for and find their mates as this time of year while others are busy building nests and finding warm places where they can spend the winter. Canada Geese fly south in large V’s and deer move down from the mountains where snow is already beginning to collect.
  For people, October is also the month when we celebrate a number of holidays. There is Columbus Day and best of all for the young and the young at heart, there is Halloween.
  In this well written little book readers will get a real feel for what to expect and what to look forward to in the month of October. They will learn what the birthstone of the month is, what kinds of sports at played at this time of year, what the flower of the month is, and much more.

It happens in the month of October


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