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For the Love of Autumn

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  479 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
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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Lisa Vegan
Dec 07, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
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
Oct 29, 2009 Ann rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 25, 2013 Tatiana rated it liked it
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
Inspired Kathy
Aug 26, 2010 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 21, 2010 Aidan rated it it was amazing
no mater how many times I read this it's just as good!!!!!!!!!
Sep 28, 2016 Elaine rated it liked it
I really loved the story until the corny ending.
Oct 04, 2016 Tonya rated it really liked it
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Kim Mccutcheon
Oct 03, 2013 Kim Mccutcheon rated it really liked it
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.
Brittaney Reed
Jan 20, 2014 Brittaney Reed rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 24, 2008 Tressa rated it liked it
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
Jacqui Pollard
Sep 19, 2015 Jacqui Pollard rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
While I know that this is not Patricia Polacco's most stirring piece, I still reveled in her story of an adorable, playful kitten named Autumn and her loving owner Miss Danielle Parks, an elementary school teacher. I am a lover of cats and studying to be an elementary school teacher, so I was immediately drawn into this lovable story as I found myself relating to Danielle's connection with her feline friend and her intense worry at Autumn's sudden disappearance. The mystery generated by the stor ...more
New teacher Danielle Parks loves everything about her new life in Port Townsend, Washington. She and her cat Autumn fit right in, and her students love their new teacher. They want her to be happy and try to play matchmaker by asking what she looks for in a potential mate. When her beloved cat is injured and disappears during a storm, the students help her search for Autumn. Autumn eventually shows up but she keeps disappearing and then returning, sometimes with notes attached to her collar. You ...more
Alisha Ptacek
Feb 21, 2015 Alisha Ptacek rated it really liked it
The story starts off as an adorable story about a kitten that was found by a young student teacher, Danielle. It features her progression into her career as a teacher while showing her faithful cat, Autumn, by her side. This book would be great second grade book to show the faithful bond between a pet and its owner. The students will enjoy how Autumn is looking out for Danielle’s best interest. The storyline keeps the students engaged and curious for what will happen to Autumn. It would be very ...more
Linda Lipko
Jul 02, 2014 Linda Lipko rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
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
Oct 08, 2008 Rachael rated it liked it
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
Sarah Ritchick
Feb 11, 2016 Sarah Ritchick marked it as to-read
Standard: Grade 3. RL.3.3. Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events. Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.

Description: 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. With the he
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
Becky B
A little cat who gets lost in a storm brings together a new teacher, her class, and a lonely man.

A sweet story perfect for the young hopeless romantics and cat lovers. It isn't often that you find romantic stories aimed at the K-3 age group, but this is a cute one. Now, teachers beware. Students are eager matchmakers at the best of times (I don't know how many times I answered the "When are going to get married?" question when I was a single teacher) so if you don't want to encourage that, keep
Maddie Scheer
Feb 07, 2015 Maddie Scheer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Personal: Wow, I thought this book was very cute. I loved the way that the story used a kitten to bring two people together and I thought it was a warm and fuzzy read.

Purpose: We used this book for the Critic's Choice Assignment and I feel like it fit it well for a good picture book that had an acceptable plot. It would best be used for K2 students in a read aloud for enrichment-related purpose. You could use it in an animal/friendship lesson, but it is mostly just to read for the love of readin
Sep 13, 2012 Dolly rated it really liked it
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.
Olivia Lagore
A cute story about a school teacher who looses her cat and finds her again - and finds a husband along the way.
Uses plenty of dialogue to tell the story, over the phone, by letter, and finally face to face. The setting of the teacher's little cottage by the sea is lovely and the illustrations enhance it well. I also appreciated the role of the students in the story although the part where the teacher tells her students about her bad impression of the man and they "spent the whole afternoon doin
Oct 26, 2012 Angela rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 07, 2012 Sandie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
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
Margaret Boling
Jun 06, 2011 Margaret Boling rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
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
Feb 21, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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Jeffrey Hanson
Nov 10, 2016 Jeffrey Hanson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
For the love of Autumn is my favorites because its a great book to start off the school year with. Its a cute story about a new teacher who has just began the school year. She also has a new kitten named Autumn that she and her students love. But after Autumn runs away during a storm Miss Parks and her students have to search to find Autumn.

For the love of Autumn is recommended for elementary students. In the classroom I would use this to model to students how identify the elements of a story: c
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