7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #560: Featuring April Pulley Sayre

h1 November 12th, 2017 by jules

“Oh—it’s orange!
Red, be bold.”

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I’ve got some spreads today from April Pulley Sayre’s Full of Fall (Beach Lane Books, August 2017). It’s a beautiful book, very fitting for this time of year. I thought of it this week, as I drove down the tree-lined street to my daughters’ school. The fall leaves are pretty stunning at this time of year.

Perfectly paced and cadenced, Sayre’s flowing, rhyming text captures the wonders of autumn with a genuine, infectious wonder. She kicks off the book with a goodbye to summer and welcomes the surging colors of fall, with her focus on the leaves of fall trees. “The forest glows,” Sayre writes, as her detailed nature photos capture the season. The book closes with a welcome to winter, as well as some informational facts about the leaves of autumn. Visually, the book is eye-popping, as Sayre’s photography consistently is. Some spreads feature one photo, while others feature two or three, with unfussy white borders dividing them. All spreads are full-bleed — and glorious.

You won’t want to miss this one. Here are some more spreads. …


“One leaf. Another leaf.
Colors surge.”

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“Meet the trees!
Their shapes emerge.”

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“Hello, yellow.
Greetings, gold.”

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FULL OF FALL. Copyright © 2017 by April Pulley Sayre. Spreads reproduced by permission of the publisher, Beach Lane Books / Simon & Schuster, New York.

Note for any new readers: 7-Imp’s 7 Kicks is a weekly meeting ground for taking some time to reflect on Seven(ish) Exceptionally Fabulous, Beautiful, Interesting, Hilarious, or Otherwise Positive Noteworthy Things from the past week, whether book-related or not, that happened to you. New kickers are always welcome.

* * * Jules’ Kicks * * *

1) !!! ↓ ↓ ↓



2) St. Vincent’s new album has been my jam all week.

3) This NYT piece from Lindy West.

4) This groundbreaking news.

5) We saw Loving Vincent yesterday. Beautiful.

6) The local news highlighted my daughters’ school — for just being awesome, that is. (The link seems to be gone at their website, but trust me: It was neat to see.)

7) I loved reading this, especially his imagined acceptance speech.


What are YOUR kicks this week?

14 comments to “7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #560: Featuring April Pulley Sayre”

  1. Ooh, the photos in this book! Thank you for sharing Full of Fall.
    Jules, I especially loved kick 4 and kick 7.
    My kicks:
    1. Birds at the suet.
    2. Candles.
    3. Fifth graders.
    4. Books.
    5. Naps.
    6. Fall 2018 possibilities.
    7. Poetry
    Have a great week.

  2. PS. I want to see Loving Vincent.

  3. Hi Imps! I would love to compile a list of recommended anthologies/short story collections for my next GuysLitWire post! Classics, modern, any genre – Tell me your favorites, with a few sentences about why you love that anthology, which stories are your favorite and why, etc. Feel free to leave a comment here or email me directly. Thank you! 🙂

    Good morning, April, and hello, fall!

    Jules: !!! I had multiple conversations about the new Doctor Who this week. Fingers crossed. Fingers crossed. Meanwhile, I hadn’t heard about the movie Loving Vincent yet – thank you for sharing that, and kudos to those artists.

    Jone: Very solid kick list!

    My kicks from the past week:
    1) Auditions
    2) Rehearsals
    3) Carpool
    4) Movement
    5) Location
    6) Sentiments
    7) Positivity

  4. Jone: Yes, this is your kind of book, what with the verse and photos. Glad you had a good week! Possibilities are good.

    Little Willow, I love Naomi Shihab Nye’s Honeybee, which is poems AND prose. I wrote about why here way back in 2008 and shared some favorite entries: http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=1301. …. I heard criticisms of the new Doctor’s Mork-like outfit, and I just keep popping my fingers in my ears and ignoring it. I don’t CARE what she wears. I just can’t wait to see it! …. Break a leg at auditions!

  5. Jules: Thanks for the quotable response! I haven’t read Honeybee. I especially love the color of the pants.

  6. Such RICHES today. What a gorgeous book. Being from New England, I’m obsessed with the beauty of fall. I miss it terribly living in LA. So thanks.
    Your kicks are pretty intense – thanks for those too.
    Jone and Willow are 2 of my favorite Kickers. Great to hear from you both.
    Since I’m not here much – I almost always remember on Mondays. It feels like such a treat to dip in.

    Naomi Shihab Nye – off all charts. I’ve never read anything by her that didn’t have at least a touch of honeyed language. One of my other favorite short story/essayists is Bailey White who used to read her short stories and essays on All Things Considered. Her first book was “Mama Makes Up Her Mind”. Barbara Kingsolver and bell hooks are 2 others I love.

    My Kicks:
    1. beloved life-long friends visit
    2. dinner with cousins, one visiting from NH
    3. Moosewood cookbook soups
    4. Calling Caldecott blog
    5. pink rose petals near my mom’s gravestone
    6. gratitude books for pre-Thanksgiving library reads this week
    7. reading Harry Potter with my bigger Little

  7. PS: Loving Vincent looks SO extraordinary.

  8. Thanks, Allison! I shall include your quotes & recs. 🙂 Visits seem to be a theme for you this week.

  9. Such gorgeous photographs, I love the changing colors of the leaves so much. As well as the changing light quality that comes with summer slipping into fall.

    Jules – what a fabulous photo of the new Doctor. Hurray for your daughter’s school! And I was not familiar with Sturgill Simpson before, so your link sent me down an internet wormhole to check out his music. Also very excited about the results of Tuesday’s elections!

    Jone – Books, candles, naps and the possibilities of fall sounds like a lovely week.

    LW – kicks 1 & 2 are how imagine most of your weeks go by! And love kick 7 the most. My favorite anthology is “The Best Science Fiction of the Year 3” edited by Terry Carr. It contains two of my favorites, “Of Mist, Grass and Sand” by Vonda N. McIntyre and “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula K. LeGuin. This anthology got me hooked on science fiction and fantasy when I was around 12 or 13, and I have been hooked ever since. Both of those stories are still incredibly relevant today.

    Allison – how lovely to have such good visits with friends and family, and yum to the soups. Thank you for the gorgeous image of the pink rose petals near your mom’s gravestone.

    My kicks this week:
    1) This past week’s election results – its a good start.
    2) Productive team meetings.
    3) Crazy Ex-Girlfriend continues to astound me with its creativity and ability to create conversations about mental health and bring them mainstream.
    4) The view from my office, especially at sunset.
    5) Looking forward to a visit from an old friend this week.
    6) Impromptu wine night with a couple of friends because one was having a bad day. The company, the wine, and Daisy’s ecstatic happiness at seeing them made them feel much better.
    7) It appears (unofficially) that Daisy won the costume contest. Now that she is a super-model I expect she will
    become insufferable to live with.

    Wishing you all a week full of joy!

  10. Rachel: I am certain that success won’t go to Daisy’s head. 😉 Thanks for the recommendations + quotes!

  11. Little Willow – I went back and looked at all the stories in the anthology- there are SO MANY good stories in that collection! One of the ones I’d forgotten about, that hits me in a completely different way now, is The Women Men Don’t See” (written by Alice Bradley Sheldon under the pseudonym James Tiptree, Jr.). Books are awesome – thanks for helping me re-locate an old favorite today.

  12. Rachel: Glad to prompt that! 🙂 Thanks for the additional story rec.

    Keep ’em coming, Imps! The piece will go up early Friday morning.

  13. Allison, happy HP-reading! That is a memory I’ll always treasure — reading that series to my girls. Glad you had a good week, filled with good books, good friends, good food.

    Rachel, SHE WON?! YAY, DAISY! I like kick #6 too. That sounds like a good end to a bad day.

    I love how you asked your question, Little Willow. I’m learning a lot and growing my to-be-read pile.

  14. The short stories and anthologies article is now up at both Bildungsroman and GuysLitWire. So grateful for the contributions of Imps! Thank you! 🙂



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