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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite
Breath of Joy! Ah, Autumn by Kathy Joy falls into the genre of children’s picture books. This book would appeal most to a mixed audience of children and parents who wish to embrace the season of autumn. This book utilizes images and words to bring all of the aspects of autumn together into one book that allows the reader to embrace the season. Are you ready to be inspired by, reminded of, and shown the beauty of autumn?
Breath of Joy! Ah, Autumn by Kathy Joy is an interesting book that surprised me with the amount of emotion it could evoke using only images and a few lines of text on each page. The overall feeling of the book reminded me of a scrapbook with how each page was filled with images covered with a few lines of text that emphasized the feelings of the pictures. One of my favorite pages was the picture of a canyon that had the words "The echo of the canyon” repeated four times with the words fading away a bit more with every repeat. I really liked this page because the author did an amazing job of recreating the feeling of speaking in a canyon and hearing my own words echo and get softer and softer.
The fact that each page has only a few lines of text makes this the ideal book for children, as there are plenty of pictures to keep their interest with just enough words to guide them through the book without boring them with too many words. Overall, I found that I really enjoyed this book and I felt like it reminded me of some of my own life experiences as I read it!