Welcome to my next post in the series on beautiful books about fall for children. This post features books by Gerda Muller. If you look through all my post on children’s books you’ll see that I frequently write about her books for children. They are truly are absolutely wonderful.
What we love about them
- Incredibly beautiful, realistic and detailed illustrations giving children wealth of information about world around them
- The stories are always about children’s interaction with nature — walking and playing in the forest, gardening and so on
- Her numerous books on seasons beautifully present to children the seasonal changes that take place around them, what to look for and fun activities each season has to offer
- Books also teach children about friendship and family
Both of my sons were extremely interested in these books from about 5 months old onward. Eleon, who is a bit more independent, could be frequently found going through one of Gerda Muller books for the last many months. And with Ale those were our bed time stories for many months straight!
So without saying a word more, here are these lovely books.
A Year in Our New Garden
It was a big day for Anna and Benjamin — they were moving into their new house. Springs was coming and they couldn’t wait to pay in their garden.
“I love it here!” shouted Anna, as she leapt from the van.
“But the garden is a mess,” grumble Benjamin.
“Think how much fun we’ll have making it beautiful!” said their mother, smiling.
And so the story follows the family through all the seasons as they gradually turn their yard into a beautiful space to grow flowers and vegetable and play with friends.
One day I’ll probably do a whole post on this beautiful book, but for now here are the pages pertaining to the autumn parts of the book.
A year Around the Great Oak
It is autumn and Anna and Benjamin from “The Year In Our New Garden” leave the city for a school break and come to visit their cousin Robin whose family lives deep in the forest. The children set out to explore the surrounding forest and Robin shows them his favorite tree — an ancient 300 years old mighty oak. The children spend their holidays in the forest building a den from sticks and bracken, collecting mushrooms and berries and observing those who live in the forest — hawk chasing a pigeon away, squirrels collecting acorns for winter. Eventually the autumn school break nears the end and children have to return back to the city, but they sure to be back for their winter break and visit the great oak again.
The story follows the children as they keep coming back to their cousin Robin for their school breaks and visit the great oak in different seasons and watch and learn how the forest and those who live there transform with the seasons.
Autumn board book
from the Seasons series
This wonderful little board book is all about the beauty of Autumn and so many fun things children can look forward to — picking apples and playing in rain puddles, playing with fallen leaves in the forest and picking acorns and berries to make fun crafts, watch their grandma making berry preserves and play with kites outside in the fall winds!