By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: September 22, 2009
Fall, Autumn, or whatever you prefer to call this lovely season, is here (well, officially at 11:09pm).
With such an obvious visual change as leaves changing colors and falling to the ground, these picture books are some of our Autumn favorites:
THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED SOME LEAVES
by Lucille Colandro
Publisher’s synopsis: That wild old lady is back swallowing fall-themed items. What can you make from leaves, clothes, a pumpkin, and rope? That’s right, a scarecrow!
Cartwheel Books | August 1, 2010 | Ages 4-8 | 32 pages
Add this book to your collection: There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves
by Jonathan Emmett (Author), Caroline Jayne Church (Illustrator)
Publisher’s synopsis: When he wakes up one morning to find that his home tree is changing, the little squirrel is scared! Why are all the leaves falling off?
Quickly he corrals his sister and they gather up the leaves in colorful pawfuls. But try as they may to stick them back on the branches, it’s hopeless: Yellow, orange, red, and brown, all the leaves keep falling down!
It’s only when their wise mama explains what happens in autumn that the two little squirrels understand the seasons are changing. Green leaves will sprout anew in spring!
The Chicken House | August 1, 2009 | Ages 4-8 | 32 pages
Add this book to your collection: Leaf Trouble
Publisher’s synopsis: When a little bird awakens to find that all of his friends and family have gone south for the winter, it takes a surprising friendship with Mooch the cat to help him find his way. This is a wordless and profoundly moving story–by the creator of the beloved comic strip Mutts–that explores being lost and found, crossing boundaries, saying goodbye, and broadening horizons.
Little, Brown Young Readers | September 1, 2008 | Ages 4-8 | 48 pages
Add this book to your collection: South
by Carin Berger
Publisher’s synopsis: As all the other leaves float off and fly past, Little Yellow Leaf thinks, I’m not ready yet.
As the seasons change all around, Little Yellow Leaf holds on to the tree. Still not ready.
Will Little Yellow Leaf ever be ready?
This is a story for anyone who has ever been afraid of facing the unknown—and a celebration of the friends who help us take the leap.
Greenwillow Books | August 26, 2008 | Ages 3-6 | 40 pages
Add this book to your collection: The Little Yellow Leaf
by Leo Lionni
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (September 14, 2010)
Publisher’s synopsis: While a farmer tends his field of wheat, six hungry crows watch and wait in a nearby tree. When the wheat ripens, the farmer builds a scarecrow to frighten them off, but these ingenious crows are not so easily scared. Bringing this original fable to life with brilliant collages, Leo Lionni deftly draws parallels between animal and human behavior that children can readily appreciate. And once again he shows us that compromise can work magic.
Add this book to your collection: Six Crows
Leave us a comment: Share your favorite “leafy” story.
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