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Leaves
by David Ezra Stein


Overview - It's a young bear's first autumn, and the falling leaves surprise him. He tries to put them back on the trees, but it doesn't work. Eventually, he gets sleepy, and burrows into the fallen leaves for a long nap. When he wakes up, it's spring?and there are suddenly brand-new leaves all around, welcoming him.  Read more...

 
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Overview
It's a young bear's first autumn, and the falling leaves surprise him. He tries to put them back on the trees, but it doesn't work. Eventually, he gets sleepy, and burrows into the fallen leaves for a long nap. When he wakes up, it's spring?and there are suddenly brand-new leaves all around, welcoming him.

Graceful illustrations and a childlike main character offer the perfect way to talk to children about the wonder of the changing seasons.


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780399246364
  • ISBN-10: 0399246363
  • Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
  • Publish Date: August 2007
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 2-5
  • Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.52 x 0.38 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.72 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Concepts - Seasons
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Nature & the Natural World - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Bears

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 66.
  • Review Date: 2007-08-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

Stein's (Cowboy Ned and Andy) pen-and-ink illustrations conjure a place readers will wish they could visit, a tiny island that pokes up out of a bay. Drawn in mossy greens and golds, the island is home to a very young bear—so young that when the leaves start falling in the autumn, he's a little shocked: “He tried to catch them and put them back on... but it was not the same.” The bear doesn't despair; he grows sleepy, goes off to hibernate and wakes in the spring. This set of events is depicted in a series of panels trained on the entrance to the bear's den; the single tree above it loses its leaves, is blanketed by snow, and receives visits first by a rabbit and then by a pair of cardinals.) Eventually the bear sticks his head back out to greet the spring sunshine and spies the tiny buds on the trees. “ 'Welcome!' he cried. And, he thought, the leaves welcomed him.” Many things contribute to the success of Stein's tale: the joyously colored panels that hang on the pages like paintings—more intimate, somehow, than double-page spreads—the island's eight trees and their leaves, which seem lively and animate and entirely worthy of friendship; the innocence of the bear; and Stein's willingness to let the story assume its own haiku-like shape. His autumnal pictures seem to glow, while the bear himself has the irresistible appeal of a well-loved toy. All ages. (Aug.)

 
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