I’ve often thought of November as an ugly month. It’s cold compared to what’s come before and it promises colder to come. Leaves that offered brilliant colour to the landscape have fallen and are likely blowing around in a raw wind or else lying sodden on the ground. I’d once have said “November beauty” is an oxymoron. But…
I was walking with my dog recently, thinking about The Man with the Violin and how people like it in part for how it celebrates how good kids are at noticing beauty in unexpected places. Soon I found myself taking pictures. Of November!
Yes, the leaves had fallen from the trees, the green was gone from the fields, and clouds filled much of the sky. But ugly? Not once I tried opening my eyes to another possibility.
Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.