Review sponsored* by Decozen Press
The Children’s Book Review | April 5, 2017
Written by Billy Baldwin
Illustrated by Liesl Bell
Age Range: 4-8
Hardcover: 29 pages
Publisher: Decozen Books (2016)
What to expect: Change of Seasons, Adversity, Triumph
The Last Leaf is an inspiring picture book about one little leaf overcoming hardships through sheer determination and a little encouragement from a wise friend.
It’s spring and the leaves on the Great Oak Tree are blooming bright and green and beautiful, except for one small leaf named Crinkle. Crinkle becomes the laughing stock of the tree because of its size and shape. According to the other leaves, Crinkle is sure to be the first leaf to fall off the tree after the first gust of wind comes along. Hearing this, Crinkle becomes afraid. Thankfully, Gus, the biggest leaf on the tree is able to provide some wisdom that might just be the reassurance that Crinkle needs to weather the changing seasons. If the little leaf can hang on, Crinkle may just win the annual Last Leaf Competition.
Billy Baldwin is a thoughtful writer that has created a well-written and triumphant story steeped in endearing life lessons. His deft writing skill allows the lessons to be told through the entertaining experience of the change of seasons and regeneration. Liesl Bell’s colorful illustrations are a welcome sight and help to further engage the reader.
The Last Leaf is a story rooted in perseverance that will appeal to blossoming young readers and the adults that read to them. There can never be enough stories that encourage self-acceptance and embracing the differences in others.
About the Author
Creator of numerous stories for children & young adults, The self-confessed daydreamer Billy Baldwin lives in Sag Harbor, NY. Following his passions and gifts, Billy began his career by founding a cookie company called Cookie Island. More than just producing delicious cookies that sold throughout the US, Billy marketed his products through stories, characters and graphics that caught the attention of executives from the Children’s entertainment industry. When encouraged to develop his marketing vision into children’s books and products Billy founded Decozen Publishing and began a new career as a writer.
Diagnosed with Dyslexia at an early age Billy has had to overcome the challenges he faces with reading and writing into has transformed them into a creative advantage. His quick ability to envision characters, situations and unusual storylines that deal with triumph over adversity and that celebrate the underdog define his work.
In addition to his creative endeavors Billy is involved with numerous Not For Profit organizations and activities. Billy co-founded the Web International Center for Dyslexia along with Dr. Gertrude Web. Combining his passion for water sports with his love of the environment Billy founded the Great Peconic Race which is a paddle board race around Shelter Island that helps to fund the Cornel University environmental preservation program.
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