Autumn

A Celebration of Scarecrows

Scarecrows have been known at least as long ago as ancient Egypt. In some cultures, people were sent to the fields to keep away the pests. The Creek Indians did this in America. Before modern times, the English would also send out the very young and the very old to their fields with noise makers. All people rely on a good harvest to last them through the winter, and scarecrows, human or straw, help them to have one.

A Basket of Plenty: Create a Cornucopia

Brimming with the fruits of the harvest, the cornucopia has become an important symbol of American Thanksgiving. Its origins go further back in time to the ancient Greeks. According to their myths, young Zeus gave his foster mother Amalthaea a goat's horn that could be filled with whatever she wished.

Time to Get Popping

Popcorn was grown by Native Americans long before the Europeans came to the New World. The Aztecs used it, strung into garlands, in their religious ceremonies. Peruvians toasted and ate their popcorn, which was called pisancalla. During the 1830's, it was "discovered" by American farmers who, using a new kind of plow, planted acres and acres of it during the 1850s. By the turn of the 19th century, popcorn vendors could be found in every big city. They'd sell their wares by the bag or the ball and make a profit of about 70 cents on every dollar!

Leaf Trouble

By Jonathan Emmett

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A young squirrel panics when the leaves on his tree change color and fall, but he feels better when his mother tells him about autumn.
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Why Do Leaves Change Color?

By Betsey Maestro

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Explains how leaves change their color in autumn.
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Leaf Man

By Lois Ehlert

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A man made of leaves blows away, traveling wherever the wind may take him. On die-cut pages.
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Look What I Did with a Leaf!

By Morteza Sohi

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Provides examples of different kinds of animals that can be made out of leaves and suggests various uses for the finished product. Suggested for ages 5-8.
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Fall Leaves Fall!

By Zoe Hall

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When fall comes, two brothers enjoy catching the falling leaves, stomping on them, kicking them, jumping in piles of them, and using them to make pictures. Includes a description of how leaves change through the year. Suggested for ages 1-6.
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Autumn Leaves

By Ken Robbins

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Examines the characteristics of different types of leaves and explains how and why they change colors in the autumn.
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Squirrels Just Want to Have Fun

How do you catch a squirrel?
Climb a tree, and act like a nut!

If you've got trees, you've probably got squirrels. Whether gray or black or red or white, all squirrels act pretty much the same. However, there are other animals which are close kin to squirrels which are a little shyer of people. Chipmunks and prairie dogs are cousins.