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For the Love of Autumn

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Tender and sweet: A love story from Polacco.

Miss Parks just loves her new home, her new teaching job, and all her new students. But most of all, she loves Autumn, her perfect little kitten. Then one night, during a terrible storm, Autumn runs away. Miss Parks� students band together to search for Autumn�with no luck. Hope is lost until Autumn turns up at Miss Parks� fron

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 14th 2008 by Philomel Books
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I hesitated between three and four stars because there is really nothing "special" in the writing style of this one (Polacco has done better) but the story itself just really won me over. A sweet, young school teacher moves to Port Townsend, Washington (one of the neatest towns ever!) and brings her sweet kitten (and her hopes of someday fining a husband) with her. One stormy night, Autumn (the kitten) disappears... when she comes "home" she seems to have been well cared for, and even has a coll...more
Lisa Vegan
Dec 10, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
First of all, I have to say that I don’t believe in indoor/outdoor or outdoor cats. I think cats should be kept indoors (to the best of their people’s ability that is) all the time. I won’t even cat sit for someone with a cat allowed to go outdoors because I’d be too much of a nervous wreck if they weren’t inside whenever I was there.

Patricia Polacco (who should really have an author photo and biography here! – well, there’s a link to her web site at least) pulls at my heartstrings like absolute...more
Oct 29, 2009 Ann rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ann by: Katie :>
What an adorable book!! As an animal lover and cat (not owner, of course, but friend, I guess;>) I found this book especially touching and sweet and spot-on. It's obvious Polacco had a cat of her own and knew just how they can "help you unpack" and "scatter pencils everywhere" and be "the heartbeat of the home."

The illustrations of Autumn are completely precious! I'm not sure I was as big a fan of the people illustrations, but they fit well enough.

I adored the story (even if it was a tad pred...more
For the Love of Autumn is a sweet story to be sure, but it does not have the same heart and significance as Polacco's other books.

It is, however, about a student teacher/teacher who is perfectly content with her life alone, aside from her students, and is willing to wait for love to walk in. So I liked that.

But the plot itself was predictable, even for a children's book: Autumn, the teacher's cat, brings her the man of her dreams. I take solace in the adorable illustrations and the message tha...more
Linda Lipko
Animal lovers will enjoy this tale of a spunky kitten and her owner. When a kitten, the single teacher lady adores her company, finding it special to come home to someone who waits and loves her. When the kitten grows to a cat, they move to the state of Washington where a new job awaits. There are lovely images of a cat playing in the garden, rummaging through boxes to unpack and the sheer joy that a pet brings.

When Autumn is gone for a few days and returns one stormy night with a very bloody, b...more
Brittaney Reed
Polacco.P.(2008)For the love of autumn. New York: Philomel Books

"For the Love of Autumn" by Patricia Polacco is a sweet love story between not only two people but an owner and her pet. Miss Parks moves to a little cottage in a new city after taking a new teaching position. Along with Miss Parks came her beloved cat Autumn. Miss Parks has had her since she was a kitten and adores her so much. One night a storm comes through and frightens Autumn and she runs away. Miss Parks is unable to find her...more
Inspired Kathy
A really sweet story. I was surprised my 4 year old sat through and enjoyed this book since it has more writing on the pages than most of the books I read her.
no mater how many times I read this it's just as good!!!!!!!!!
Jessie Bear
Autumn the cat brings joy into everyone’s lives, whether she’s sitting on the couch watching television or bringing two strangers together. This heartwarming tale centers on a young school teacher and her cat, with lots of kitten mischief stories for pet lovers everywhere. A few pages of the story become sad, and although all is quickly made well again, it may still be a trigger for those who have lost a pet. Since the cat owner is also a school teacher, her students appear five times throughout...more
Kim Mccutcheon
Book Title: For the Love of Autumn by Patricia Polacco

Short Description of book: In this story, Miss Parks, a teacher moves to Washington with her pet cat, Autumn. She makes a new home with her cat and suddenly the cat starts disappearing. There is a cute little twist at the end. (It may be better suited for grades 3-5 due to the love story at the end).

Focus: I would use this narrative as a starting point for our “How to” books we create in first grade. I would pair this with informational text....more
Sep 24, 2008 Tressa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 4-8 year-olds, romantics, cat lovers
Shelves: juvenile
Who knew my 100% all-boy son would love this book? I checked it out from the library a few days ago, and he's just entranced with this story!

For the Love of Autumn by Patricia Polacco is a sweet story about a kitten and a young, romantic student teacher.

Danielle falls in love with her kitten at first sight, naming her Autumn because it's almost Halloween. They spend their days playing and lounging on the sofa, munching on popcorn and watching TV.

One day Danielle receives a letter offering her a...more
Kasey O'brien
As a pre-service teacher in Washington, I just loved this story of a student teacher and her new kitten, named Autumn for the season she comes into the new teacher's life. When the main character gets her first teaching job in Western Washington, I couldn't believe my eyes. I could relate so well to this story, I felt like Patricia Polacco was writing it just for me. In the book, the kitten is beloved in the teacher's classroom and is the teacher's best friend. One day, she goes missing and the...more
Danielle has loved Autumn since she first held her as a tiny kitten in the palm of her hand. When Danielle gets a new job as a teacher, the two companions move to Washington state, to a lovely little cottage on the water, where they are quite happy, until one evening disappears during a terrible storm. Weeks pass, and when Autumn returns, she has obviously been taken care of. Again and again Autumn disappears, until one day she returns with a phone number written on her collar. With her students...more
Polacco's books are not always my favorites, mostly because her style of illustration is a bit too wispy and sketchy for me. This book also had the worrisome quality of being, well, romantic. Danielle meets her man through her cat, Autumn. Normally I only like my romance with a certain . . . kink, which this book, being a kids picture book and all, didn't have. But it was so gosh-darned cute, I couldn't help but enjoy it. The way Danielle's class got overly involved in her life reminded me of wh...more
Theme: Relationships, Loving and caring for a pet

I picked up this book because it was a Patricia Polacco book that I had not read. It was a sweet story but not one of my favorites of hers. I think if I was a cat lover I would have connected more with the story. As I read the story I wondered what was going to happen and if Autumn would be found? I think it would captivate my students and that they would have wonderings of their own.

Classroom connection: Have the students think about how they car...more
We loved this book! I thought it was awesome! My daughter and I both just loved this book, such a sweet story.

I loved how Autumn became part of her life and then they moved by the sea to the little town in the little cottage so she could be a teacher. When the kids asked her how she would know her husband, it reminded me a great deal of the movie Practical Magic in the way that she described how she would know...I thought that was really neat!

I was not able to hold the tears back in the days af...more
Miss Parks loves her new home, her new teaching job, and all her new students. Most of all, she loves Autumn, her little kitten. Then one night, during a terrible storm, Autumn runs away. The students get together to help search for Autumn, they did not find her. Weeks later Miss Parks finds Autumn at her front door with a brand-new collar and a bandage on her tail. Someone had taken care of Autumn! With the help of her students, Miss Parks figurs out the mystery of Autumn's disappearance and fi...more
Oct 03, 2013 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Patricia, Patricia, Patricia...

Oh, how you tug at my heart strings. It just so happens that it's autumn, near Halloween and we just adopted two kittens. So I just knew that it was the perfect time to read this book with our girls.

This is a heartwarming tale about love. It has a You've Got Mail-kind of feel to it, or was that Sleepless in Seattle? In any case, it's a lovely story, if somewhat predictable. It's a wonderful story to read aloud and we really enjoyed reading it together.
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6/6/11 ** Day 10 Book 11 ** Polacco tells the tale of a kitty, a first year teacher, and the luck that helped the teacher find a spouse. I loved the images of the kitten and Miss Parks' transition from student teaching to her first teaching job. I also appreciated the close bond that Miss Parks clearly formed with her students, inviting them to her home, introducing them to her beloved cat, and gardening with them. I didn't like the implication that Miss Parks' life wasn't complete until she fou...more
Adorable book! Loved it. Great to read in the autumn to a class (especially in October because it briefly mentions Halloween--won't get your kids too hyped about the holiday). Main character is a student-teacher :) I could really relate to this book. Patricia Polacco writes straight from the heart. The illustrations are so soft and inviting. She has a very diverse class in the book, too. My mentor teacher recommended this to me and I just bought it in a book order. Can't wait to own it!!
Brenna Johnson
What a sweet little story and a darling kitty!
Patricia Polacco is an author that you can’t help but love. Her lovable characters and stories warm my heart and leave me with a hope that there is still goodness and kindness in the world. For the Love of Autumn is a lovely tale of a young woman and her cat and their affection for one another. When Autumn, the cat, goes missing one day during a heavy storm Danielle’s life is changed forever in many unexpected ways.
Savanna Williams
I thought this story was pretty cute. It was a little unbelievable, especially when the class joins in on their own (without parental supervision) to help find Autumn, but the idea is cute. It makes for a great chick flick in a book. This would be a book teachers would have to read to their students because it is has so many words, but I feel students would enjoy it as well.
Everything is going wonderfully for Danielle, until she loses her beloved cat Autumn. Luckily she finds her six weeks later, along with a man who she eventually marries. I had quite a few text to self connections with this story. This picture book is kind of wordy, so I think it would be appropriate for children in higher grades, maybe second through fourth.
Miss Parks just loves her new home, her new teaching job, and all her new students. But most of all, she loves Autumn, her perfect little kitten. Then one night, during a terrible storm, Autumn runs away. Miss Parks� students band together to search for Autumn�with no luck. Hope is lost until Autumn turns up at Miss Parks� fron
Sarah Sammis
My daughter and I checked it out because we recently went through raising a tiny kitten. It's another memoir in picture book form about the author's early adulthood where she adopted a cat, lost the cat and found her husband in the process.
This is a tough book for children. It's about a student teacher that loses her cat. The cat eventually comes back into her life accompanied by a man she will eventually marry. For me, this is more of an adult quick read. This could be used for vocabulary lessons, but students may struggle to connect to the story.
Meredith Kaupp
One of my third graders told me I had to read this one today. I love Patricia Polacco's books, and this one is great too. It's a very sweet story about a woman's love for her pet cat, her relationship with her first class of students, and more. A lot of story in one little children's book.
I would probably give this closer to 3.5 stars. It is a sweet story about a teacher and her cat named Autumn, but it is very predictable and a little too saccharine for my taste. My second grade class liked it, however. The illustrations are adorable and add a great deal to the story.
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