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Cynthia Rylant

So much can happen in a single day – rain, sun, work, and rest, and all of it is perfect and beautiful.

A beautifully illustrated story that depicts a simpler time in the southern Appalachian region.

This book of by Cynthia Rylant contains 12 short pieces that tell the story of when an animal changes a human’s life for the better.

In November the air turns crisp and cold. Families, animals, and insects all gather together for warmth. This is a great book to share with students to celebrate the month of November.

What happens in the country when everyone is asleep? The nighttime world awakens, and the air is filled with their sounds.

This book examines the life of a scarecrow, taking the reader from its construction to its daily activities like interacting with garden creatures. The scarecrow shows great patience and perseverance, and we see how valuable those traits can be for a gardener. Children will enjoy watching the gardening process through the eyes of the friendly scarecrow.

The world is filled with wonderful things, like bread, fresh snow, birds, and even you!

As the seasons change, so do the garden tasks for Uncle Dean, Granny, and Uncle Joe. Winter is a time for planning next year’s garden, spring is for planting, and summer and fall are for harvesting. Reflecting on a full year of maintaining a family garden, this story emphasizes the enthusiasm the family has during the winter for starting next year’s garden.

A beautiful, lyrical book depicting simpler times in Appalachia.