In this picture book destined to become a fall classic, life as a leaf is pretty sweet! This charming and reassuring picture book about finding joy in change will be returned to again and again.
The weather is pleasant, the view is fine, and everything just feels fresh. But when autumn breezes begin to blow, adventurous Birch, nervous Oak, and grumpy Maple each have their own way of facing the new crispness in the air.
The squirrels take pleasure in warning the leaves about the transformations to come: new colors! And more … an actual fall. But will the ground be the end? Or a new beginning?
New situations can be scary but also thrilling, as three adorable autumn leaves, surprised by their turning colors and the promise of the fall to come, discover in this funny and heartwarming story, the perfect tool for any child who struggles with change.
Emmy Kastner is the author-illustrator of the young nonfiction Nerdy Babies series, and cofounder of the youth writing center, Read and Write Kalamazoo. She lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan with her family.
“A choice pick for a fall readaloud.” — Booklist
“Cheerful illustrations, personifying each character, employ fall colors and make maximum use of white space for the subtle but multiple themes, such as: change is inevitable; there is no single way to approach the future; and new experiences may well bring unexpected pleasures.” — Horn Book Magazine
"Illustrations rendered in acrylic gouache, colored pencil, and collage depict endearingly anthropomorphized leaves, with autumnal colors that pop." — Kirkus Reviews