This Falcon’s favorite season is the fall. Sometimes, living in Southern California can be a bit of a disappointed when it comes to the fall. I long to see trees changing color, pick fresh apples, and feel the nippy air. Unfortunately, there aren’t that many trees that change color, you have to drive pretty far to pick apples, and on days like today there is no nip in the air, only a forecast of 91F!!!!! EEEEEEEEEK!!!!!!
So I must turn to books and my own dreamy imagination to FEEL the fall. One book that I absolutely adore is a book of poetry that takes you from the first inkling of fall to the last flight of a birds journey south for the winter. Shrinking Days, Frosty Nights: Poems About Fall by Laura Purdie Salas is an excellent collection of poetry just right for Kinder-gardeners to 3rd graders. The text is big and the photography is vivid. The language is simple and easy to understand yet follows many familiar poetic patterns. There is even a section at the end of the book titles The Language of Poetry. Words such as Couplet, Rhyme, Rhythm, Haiku and many more are introduced and explained.
“Buried under crispy leaves
Squirrel finds a treasure
Tucks it in his hiding place for
Winter dining pleasure”
If there is one thing we have an abundance of it is Squirrels. Personally I think they are adorable creatures and I relish watching them play in the tree outside my window. They are often scurrying around hiding and digging up acorns. Really they make me laugh.