Sunday, October 25, 2009

What My Children Are Reading / stART - Leaves by David Ezra Stein

This past week the trees in our area hit peak fall colors. The red, orange, and yellow leaves are so beautiful. To celebrate the season we've mainly been reading books about leaves and fall. Here are a few books we checked out from the library: Fall Leaves Fall! by Zoe Hall, illustrated By Shari Halpern; Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert; I Know It's Autumn by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Nancy Hayashi and The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger.

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.



Post what you've been reading each week with your kids at The Well-Read Child or Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns. A Mommy's Adventures hosts the "stART" meme (Story + Art) each week.

7 comments:

Rebecca Reid said...

That is so awesome! I'm the most uncreative mom on earth, so that is impressively cool. Love the fall theme!

Michelle said...

These look amazing...what a great idea!!! Thank you for linking up :0)

Jenny said...

Great activities. That leaf paper would make a great table runner for Thanksgiving!

Raising a Happy Child said...

Thanks for the link! This book that you highlighted looks very interesting - I'll see if our library has it. The leaf crafts are pretty neat too.

vanessa said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog--I will have to check out Leaves--it looks really good--perfect for fall. I think I will also try out the leaf painting craft!

Jen said...

Looks like fun! We have been collecting leaves to do something crafty- leaf rubbings or gluing leaves to make a picture. Painting them is a great idea.

Thanks for stopping by for W.W.

Jen
Creative and Curious Kids!