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*Hooray for Fall* by Kazuo Iwamura
Hooray for Fall
by Kazuo Iwamura
Ages 3-5 32 pages NorthSouth August 2009 Hardcover    

When Mick, Mack, and Molly go outside in their new red sweaters, they notice that they match their surroundings. The bear fattening up for the winter is eating red fruit. The trees they climb up have red leaves, the mushrooms they see on the ground have red caps, and above their heads, the sky glows red before they go to sleep. These three squirrels are excited about the autumn. Thanks to their mama’s preparedness, will remain warm all throughout the winter.

Hooray for Fall is a gentle story about a close-knit family of squirrels getting ready for the cold weather. Through the squirrels’ dialogue, children will learn that birds fly south for the winter and bears spend the winter sleeping. They will see leaves in the process of turning red and squirrels gathering nuts for the winter.

Although the characters seem a little flat and indistinguishable in personality, the illustrations are lovely and bring all the colors of an autumn day onto the page. The reds, yellows, and oranges which surround the squirrels when they are outside are reflected on the last page of the story in Mama’s dress and in the fire burning in the wood burner.

Hooray for Fall is the English translation of the 1984 book Makkana Seetaa. Since attending the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Kazuo Iwamura has had the opportunity to work as an illustrator for children’s television shows. He lives with his family in Mashiko, Japan.

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