Book: Autumnblings


by Douglas Florian

First Frost

First Frost,
First Flake,
Fell on my nose
By mistake.

Note: Douglas Florian loves his wordplay – pretty obvious considering the title of his fall poem collection – “Autumnblings”.

This is definitely not a sit-down-and-read-all-the-way-through book for a 2 1/2 year old. It’s more of a flip-through-start-reading-and-see-what-sticks book. For older kiddos (3+) it’s a visually engaging carnival of words and paintings that will hold their attention long enough to get at least one thing done from your endless To-Do list.

And for adults, the poems are very easy to memorize, which make them perfect for random insertion throughout the day – say, when it snowed last week and I recited the above poem – right after I discouraged him from licking snow off the car.

Where oh where do they get these ideas?!

That’s the thing about poetry. If you grow up with it – a bit like always have veggies on the plate, even if they aren’t consumed – it becomes second nature.

Bonus: My own contribution

In every moment
Of every day
Poetry lives
With something to say

In each hint of frost
On each leaf that glistens
Poetry speaks
If only we listen


2 Comments on Book: Autumnblings

  1. Love it, love it. I read through this Florian book in one sitting with my almost-5-year-old daughter, about a month ago when it just started looking really “autumny” around here (Chicago’s south suburbs). I’m saving your “bonus,” too. Spot-on!

  2. There’s nothing quite like Chicago “seasons” – one week 60’s, the next 20’s. Still, I wouldn’t live anywhere else!Thanks for stopping by!

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