Here's my review of another autumn book we read and enjoyed:
"He tried to catch them and put them back on ... but it was not the same." - Leaves by David Ezra Stein
A simple but beautiful book about leaves and changing seasons. A little bear experiences his first autumn season and witnesses the leaves falling from the trees. Worried, he tries to fix the trees but the leaves keep falling. Feeling very tired he grabs armfuls of leaves and prepares to hibernate. Time goes fast as the seasons change from fall, to winter and finally spring.
Falling leaves excite kids and this book provides an opportunity to explain the change of seasons to a young child. The illustrations so perfectly depict the fall colors and falling leaves that it feels like you're glancing out a window experiencing it all for the first time yourself. The kids thought it was funny that the bear tried to put the leaves back on the trees. David Ezra Stein won the 2008 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer-Award for Leaves.
Leaves by David Ezra Stein. Putnum Juvenile (August 2007); 32 pages; ISBN 9780399246364
Book Source: Library copy (View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)
Download a Leaves postcard: http://www.davidezra.com/LeavesCardDownload.pdf
For our craft, we collected several different varieties of leaves and examined them close up. We scanned a few of the leaves on the computer to make a pretty digital collage.
Next, we made leaf prints on freezer paper by painting the leaves with fall-colored acrylic paint and pressing each leaf onto the paper.
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