When a little girl and her mother take a lovely autumn walk together, Mom’s small observations—and gentle humor—convey a big, special sentiment.
It’s a golden, windy autumn day, and a mother a daughter set out walking among the swirling leaves. As they wend their way, they share little adventures—spying a kitten, seeing the trees zigzag with streaks of color, catching some floating milkweed, watching the setting sun color the clouds. Throughout their walk, the girl keeps urging her mother to “say it” with more and more persistence. What could “it” be? From a sterling picture-book team comes a quiet story that shows the many ways love is expressed in the small moments shared between parent and child.
The mother’s gently teasing responses to the little girl’s insistent "Say it" conclude with a sweet reminder to little ones who are looking at the pictures and listening to their favorite grown-up read the book…Zolotow’s text was first published in 1980, but they still resonate with today’s parents and children, particularly as imagined by Voake. —Kirkus Reviews
Zolotow’s language is rich in onomatopoeia, description, alliteration, and movement, explaining why it has endured since its original publication. Voake’s watercolors, newly created for this rerelease, float and swirl like the autumn wind itself, complementing the text wonderfully. —Booklist Online