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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� fronTender 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� front door with a brand new collar and a bandage on her tail. Someone has been taking care of Autumn! With the help of her students, Miss Parks unravels the mystery of Autumn�s disappearance and finds true love along the way, Polacco style....

Title : For the Love of Autumn
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ISBN : 9780399245411
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
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For the Love of Autumn Reviews

  • Kathryn
    2019-03-23 23:53

    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 collar with a stranger's phone number on it. Could Autumn have two homes? And what might her other "owner" be like??? You will probably guess the sweet ending like I did, but, hey, I'm a sucker for Pacific Northwest romances involving a kitten "matchmaker." Note that sensitive readers might find the illustration of Autumn caught in the storm with a bleeding gash by her tail troubling, though the happy ending will hopefully alleviate concerns.

  • Lisa Vegan
    2019-03-17 02:51

    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 absolutely no other picture book author ever has. In my opinion, this isn’t one of her very best but it was very sweet, and she sure knows cats well. It’s about a schoolteacher who adopts a kitten, makes a move for a job in Port Townsend, Washington, and the cat (Autumn) gets injured and disappears. When she reappears it’s obvious someone else has cared for her. The cat comes and goes and, with the help of her students, the teacher meets the other person who’s been housing the cat. It’s very obvious where the story is going from beginning to end, and it’s not a magnificent story, but I enjoyed it. The high star rating reflects more the knowledge shown about cats and to some extent the illustrations than the story, which I wouldn’t rate any higher than a 3.Thank you, Abigail, for alerting me to this book!

  • Ann
    2019-03-24 01:44

    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 predictable). And even though the ending seemed a bit too perfect/coincidental, I didn't mind, because, well, why *can't* things sometimes turn out so perfectly?I probably should give this four stars, because of these "issues" (they really aren't issues though), and because I did feel that the writing style wasn't anything amazing. But, the story itself wins out and I have to give it five!

  • Tatiana
    2019-03-03 02:33

    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 that sometimes love finds you when you're not looking for it.

  • Aidan
    2019-03-04 01:30

    no mater how many times I read this it's just as good!!!!!!!!!

  • Elaine
    2019-03-12 03:38

    I really loved the story until the corny ending.

  • Kathy
    2019-03-23 22:37

    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.

  • M.L. Desir
    2019-03-13 23:52

    Patricia Polacco is one of my favorite authors. Tonight I read this to my middle son. He enjoyed it because he has good taste in books. As always, Polacco's illustrations are lively and gorgeous.

  • Kim Mccutcheon
    2019-03-14 21:58

    Book Title: For the Love of Autumn by Patricia PolaccoShort 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.Teach: I would introduce this book as a read aloud and explain that we will be talking all about how we take care of pets. We will brainstorm some ideas. Then, read the book aloud. Have students turn and talk about what Miss Parks did wrong with taking care of Autumn (what could be done to prevent the cat from running away?). Teacher will listen in and highlight a couple of examples that she heard the students share (ex. Keep the cat in a crate or cage, make sure windows and doors are closed, etc.). Tell students that today they will write a list about how to take care of a pet cat or dog. Send them off to write in their daybook (or writing journal). Later in the week, provide a booklet for them to create their own “how to” book.(Teacher may want to model creating a "how to" book together first).Expected Outcomes: Students will write to inform audiences about how to take care of a pet. They will use the information from this text and from other texts ( to help create a list of ideas for taking care of animals. CCSS W1.2 Students will write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure. Also, W1.7 (participate in shared research (explore a number of “how to” books on a given topic and use them to write a sequence of intstructions).

  • Brittaney Reed
    2019-03-07 03:54

    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 and her students insists on helping her locate her missing cat. But the students and Miss Parks are unable to find Autumn and Miss parks is devastated. Weeks go by and still no Autumn , until one day she appears at Miss Parks' door. While delighted Miss Parks realizes someone has been taking care of Autumn for she has a new collar. With the encouragement of her students Miss Parks decides to find out where Autumn has been and who has been taking care of her. Little does Miss Parks know that true love and a happy ending are just around the corner!This story is so delightful and I am a sucker for love stories. Such a sweet way of telling how two people come together. I especially like that the main character is a teacher as well. Such a good story and the illustrations are great. I would definitely recommend this book. It is a great way to show how a pet can bring such joy to a person's life and also a great way to engage the students and maybe have them discuss a pet they have. A must read.

  • Tressa
    2019-03-23 22:31

    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 teaching position in Port Townsend, Washington. She's thrilled because she has always wanted to live by the sea.Danielle rents a cozy cottage on the bay and begins teaching a classroom full of inquisitive moppets. They want to know all about her. Is she married? Danielle wistfully answers no, but someday she'll meet "the one." "How will you know he's the one?" they want to know. Why, when she hears the sound of thunder, smells jasmine, and sees the wind blow his hair.One night an injured Autumn returns home during a storm, but gets spooked and runs away for several weeks. Danielle is lost without Autumn, but elated when she turns up later, looking well-fed and rested. Where has she been? And why does she keep disappearing for weeks at a time? If you're guessing that it involves a handsome man, jasmine blossoms, and a thunderstorm, you would be correct. This book pulls double duty: a cute cat story for the kiddos and a romance for the moms.

  • Jacqui Pollard
    2019-02-27 03:44

    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 story as Danielle wondered where Autumn could be and who else was taking care of her kept me intrigued throughout the book. The reveal of Autumn's other caretaker was the most powerful transaction in the text. This was one of my first exposures to Patricia Polacco's books. Her ability to link story telling and illustrations had a powerful impact on my experience of this story, which is something I will carry with me beyond my reading of this book. I would recommend this book to others if they would like a lighter Patricia Polacco story with a lovely happy ending and especially if they have a soft spot in their heart for cats. I would definitely use this book in my classroom as there are wonderful opportunities to expand upon students' vocabulary, ability to make and check predictions, and other useful points of instruction.

  • Barbara
    2019-02-21 02:42

    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. Young readers will enjoy trying to guess what's going on, and when the mystery is solved in a most satisfactory and romantic way, it turns out that Autumn is the one who was playing matchmaker. Youngsters will sigh in delight at how the story turns out, but I hope the couple has learned to keep that cat indoors to avoid any future mishaps or encounters with mountain lions. The illustrations, created with pencils and markers, pay tribute to the beauty of the coast and a relationship that was simply meant to be. In some respects this one reminds me of Charlie Anderson by Barbara Abercrombie. Students might enjoy reading both and comparing the two stories. Certainly, brand new teachers will enjoy this story a great deal too since it shows how fond students can become of their teachers and vice versa, so much so that they become a part of their personal lives.

  • Linda Lipko
    2019-03-06 21:42

    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, badly injured tail, her owner is elated to see her. Shortly thereafter, Autumn runs away for what feels like a very long period of time. When she returns, her wound is stitched and she looks healthy.All too soon, Autumn runs away again, this time returning with a new collar. The teacher discovers that Autumn now must have two owners and searches and finds a lovely man who also is quite fond of Autumn.There is a happy ending. This is a warm, delightful book. Polacco has a wonderful way of matching the illustrations and the story resulting in soliciting appropriate emotions.I liked this one!!!

  • Jessie Bear
    2019-03-16 02:39

    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 the book, standing in for the voice of a child commentator. The illustrations stay true to Polacco’s style, done in pencil and marker. These drawings express the character’s emotions well, and depict the most important thing happening in the text. The text is a sixteen point font and in paragraphs on the pages, surrounded by illustration. The wordiness of this tale makes it best for children patient for the next page turn, perhaps a slightly older listening audience. This book is recommended for any comprehensive Polacco collection, cat lovers, and children ages five to eight.

  • Tonya
    2019-03-10 00:47

    I just read this book for the first time with my students as a read aloud. It is more of a script for a Hallmark movie. I asked my students to make predictions and like a predictable fairy tale we reverted to the beginning of the story for the hints given when Miss Parks, a young, first year school teacher, tells her students exactly what it will be like she meets her "very one" to marry. He turns out to be a man caring for her run away cat. When he is revealed at the students were hilariously disappointed and screamed “ewwwwww” at “the very one’s” illustration. He looks a bit dated for my 2016 students but until his reveal we were intrigued by the mystery of this romance/adventure. A hilarious read aloud for my boys and girls that tickled me to the tips of toes when I experienced their reaction. As I said – it reads like a Hallmark movie but super fun to read with my 4th graders.

  • Kasey O'brien
    2019-03-22 00:51

    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 teacher and her class are worried sick. (Don't worry too much, you'll like the ending!) The illustrations are beautiful in that special way that Patricia Polacco's art seems to always have, and it's a great read regardless of age. I love this book and could not believe I hadn't read it until now, considering how much I love the rest of her work.

  • Treasa
    2019-03-03 05:35

    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' encouragement, Danielle calls the number and eventually meets the man who has been sharing Autumn with her. Could Autumn have found the perfect man for Danielle?Sweet story about finding love, perfectly accompanied by Polacco's gentle and colorful illustrations.

  • Rachael
    2019-03-20 21:37

    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 when I was teaching and occasionally had a class I liked so much I couldn't keep up appropriate boundaries. Plus, Mr. Noton's grouchiness and rash words reminded me of what I would have said, or at least thought. So, I liked it. Kind of despite myself.

  • Sarah Ritchick
    2019-03-02 02:34

    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 help of her students, Miss Parks unravels the mystery of Autumn's disappearance and finds true love along the way.Genre: FictionAwards: n/a

  • Lindsay
    2019-03-03 03:42

    Theme: Relationships, Loving and caring for a petI 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 care for their pet and how they would feel if their pet was lost? Wonder if any of them found a stray and how they cared for them? Talk about how we care for all of God's creatures.

  • Becky B
    2019-02-24 23:35

    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 this book far, far away from your students. If you don't mind, or if you want a story about how a class helps their teacher, this is a good one.

  • Tessa Duncan
    2019-03-02 01:33

    When Danielle moves to a new city for her teaching job, she of course brings her beloved cat Autumn with her. But during a storm, Autumn goes missing for two weeks. When Autumn finally comes home, she is wearing a collar. The next day, Autumn comes back with a phone number on her. It turns out a man thinks that Autumn is his cat now too. Danielle and this man decide to share Autumn, and eventually the two meet and fall in love.

  • Kya
    2019-03-05 21:41

    As a person that shares a dwelling with a furry feline friend, I can relate to this a lot! from writing papers, conducting research, trying to do laundry or invite over a friend - that little kitty is THERE. The images of the little one were fun and playful, though the story was a bit lacking. It seemed very predictable and unlike some of the other books by Polacco that I've read.

  • Lindsey
    2019-03-10 21:55

    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.

  • Krystal
    2019-03-08 04:40

    My kids & I love this book. This beautiful kitten is hard not to fall in love with, just as she brings the two adults in this book together. We still read this every book. After all it's still one of our favorites.

  • Cayla Lile
    2019-03-03 00:39

    I was not impressed with this book. Although it did have a sweet story, I felt that it was very drawn out and predictable. I think that students would get bored and lose attention if it was read aloud to them. This would not be one that I would pick up again.

  • Kelli
    2019-03-11 22:34

    Never met a Patricia Polacco book I didn't like (oh, except for that rhyming one). This is a nice story, but predictable, and doesn't carry with it that great sense of history that Polacco's books often due.

  • Alissa Sparks
    2019-03-17 21:41

    I really enjoyed this book! It had wonderful illustrations for students to look at while reading. Danielle was a good example of a nice teacher who cared for her students. This book's a wonderful lesson for students to understand that teachers care and are real people, too!

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-21 21:38

    Those whose sinuses go into overdrive around cats (read: me) may appreciate the idyllic story and quaint illustations, though not gush quite so much as ailurophiles (read: cat lovers) will about the idea of one little kitten playing cupid to two lonely people.