The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.
- Albert Einstein
Leaf Man is a colorful book that describes a leaf’s journey. The leaves begin joined together as a ‘man’, but then the wind blows it in all directions. Instead of stating leaves blowing, the book states it as though it was a leaf man travelling. The wind blew the leaf man over vegetable gardens, over meadows, flowing along a river, and flying over mountains with birds. Each page the leaves formed into the descriptions, such as leaves attached to become fish-like when it traveled along the river. Throughout the book it states ‘a Leaf Man’s got to go where the wind blows’. The pages are die cut that together create a landscape. The author collected actual leaves then made the illustrations to closely resemble the leaves. On the back, there are pictures of each leaf and its name. I really enjoyed Leaf Man.
It is no longer summer in the forest as the green colors are slowly turning brown.Fletcher is worried about his favorite tree that now appears brown and dry. Fletcher tells his mother that he thinks his tree is sick, but she says that the tree is fine and that’s it’s now autumn. However, the tree doesn’t appear better at all as more leaves fall. He attempts to attach a leaf to the tree, but the wind carries it away. Soon the tree is completely bare and Fletcher notices that other forest animals use the leaves to provide warmth or build a nest. He takes the last leaf home and protects it. When Fletcher returns to his favorite tree he discovers that the once bare tree contains icicles. Fletcher is happy when he sees the beautiful tree.
by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Jill Kastner
Ages 4-7, 32 pages
Realistic, Season Change
In November explains the season changes and how animals prepare for winter. It’s not necessarily a Thanksgiving book, but the holiday is highlighted since it occurs in November. This is a realistic nature book as there are no talking animals and the narration provides details for many animal behaviors and winter preparations. Birds collect berries, animals sleep more, mice stay under logs, and dogs lie near the fire. The pictures are beautiful and appear like watercolors. In November is a wonderful book to teach what occurs during the cooler months.
In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and a pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull everyone from bed in a fog. Food is better in November than any other time of the year.
- Cynthia Rylant (In November)