For the Love of Autumn
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...more
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
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
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
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
"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
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
When Autumn is gone for a few days and returns one stormy night with a very bloody, b ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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
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 ...more