Praise and Reviews
"Stringer re-creates those last days of autumn when the trees are no longer putting on a fiery show of colors and the leaves are one gusty day away from shuddering to the ground. Short, declarative, yet lyrical sentences set the stage (“The squirrels are too busy to notice, and the geese have already gone.”)... The watercolor and acrylic illustrations, subtly reminiscent of Lois Lenski’s work, are full of movement and emotion. Stringer’s rendering of the autumn landscape and its diverse inhabitants, round faces lifted to the sky, remind readers of a moment in time. This gorgeous picture book is a fine addition to seasonal and classroom collections, but it stands alone for its language and deft artwork. A lovely, evocative read-aloud."
--School Library Journal (starred)
"Autumnal bliss is at the heart of this poetic celebration of yellow foliage....Watercolor-and-acrylic paintings are as invested in depicting the swirling motion of wind-swept clouds as they are in glorying in the yellow leaves that eventually fall from trees... A pet dog and cat, wild squirrels, and an abundance of black crows join in the revelry, their colors peppered across spreads dominated by a washing of golden yellows. The satisfying, bookish conclusion depicts siblings pressing leaves “in thick books to remember… / what a lovely yellow time it was.” Lovely, indeed. "
"In exuberant, expressive scenes of swirling yellow ash leaves on the wind, Stringer playfully captures the anticipation of autumn.... In paintings rich with movement, echoing the twirling, swooping gusts of color, Stringer depicts a diverse array of children and families enjoying the fall weather, some of whom are making their own yellow paintings of the much loved leaves. Stringer's lyrical text celebrates this fleeting moment in the fall season, and it's beautifully paired with her bold, riotous yellow scenes. A perfect read-aloud for autumn."
"Stringer offers up a poetic meditation on the transient wonders of autumn --aka 'yellow time'-- finding delight in everything from the smells of the season to animals not always considered to be lovely in and of themselves ("Black crows fill bare branches/and raise their voices/in praise of yellow time"). ... Stringer's paintings burst with bright swaths of sunflower yellow as trees bend and sway in the wind, giving up their leaves in golden swirls and curls as jacketed children revel in the turbulent weather, making crowns from fallen leaves and saving some to press between book pages as mementos of the season. It's a joyful reminder to make the most of fall when it's here."
"The golden glory of fall seems to whoosh through the pages of “Yellow Time," a seasonal picture-book celebration... The predominant shade here is the yellow of autumnal ash-tree leaves. Years ago, Ms. Stringer marveled as the world outside her Minneapolis window was suddenly gilded with ash leaves, and she brings that sense of wonder to her impressionistic paintings of children, pets and inky-black crows, all rejoicing in “a symphony of yellow.”
"As colors go, yellow rarely gets to be the star of the show. Stringer is out to change that in this vibrant celebration of the central role it plays in the autumn palette. A radiant cast of children climb, skip, jump and dance through scenes of yellow-colored fall pleasures. “It only comes once a year,” these kids know, and they look as if they’re having a blast while it’s here. The pages are heavy on the yellow, of course, but pops of bright blue, red and purple add balance."
"Evoking the experience of watching leaves falling en masse from ash trees, this picture book celebrates the "yellow time" when "everywhere fills with yellow. A symphony of yellow." The acrylic and watercolor paintings feature swirls and swoops of yellow leaves against black tree trunks and branches. One by one, children (and a dog) head outdoors and join up with one another, full of anticipation.... There are no surprise twists here, just a gentle appreciation of the joys of using your senses to notice the changes outdoors as the seasons turn. From the book's cover to the endpapers, yellow makes each picture glow, and curved lines repeat throughout the story to reinforce the beauty of the natural world."
"...This book is a riot of yellow, Stringer never holding back. She manages to avoid overwhelming readers with the color; yellow is the name of the game here, but it never wears out its welcome. The artwork swoops and swirls, especially at the wind’s arrival, and there’s a vibrant energy to the whole affair. It all adds up to a wild celebration of nature, children of all skin colors drunk on Fall and participating in the revelry outdoors by joining hands, making yellow-leaf crowns, and howling into the sky. It’s a breath of fresh air, bad pun not intended, and a picture book that exudes cheer. Needless to say, it’s a wonderful read for precisely this time of year. Right now, go grab a copy if you can. You’ll be rewarded."
--Kirkus Blog, Julie Danielson
"Joyful, vibrant, colorful are words that come to mind with this lovely picture book about the changing of the leaves making fall yellow time...This is the perfect season to be reading this book to and with children since it’s about foliage and the beauty of autumn. Yellow leaves fill the pages of this book along with fun drawings of children and adults playing, walking through and otherwise basking in the golden glow of fall."
--Five Star Review, Youth Services Book Review
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