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Summary: There is a rock jutting out from the side of a mountain. A small maple tree grew in that spot. This is a picture book about the cycle of life.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 12
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Age of Child: Read to a six-year-old girl and ten-year-old boy.
Young Reader Reaction: The kids thought the leaves were beautiful and colorful. They liked that a new tree grew after the leaves fell off the tree. They made a connection with the tree because they like swinging in trees. They asked to read the story again.
Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the book because my kids enjoyed it. This was a wonderful book: very interesting and educational. I wished it could have been longer.
Pros: The illustrations by seventh graders add to the fun of this book. Kids will relate to leaf's adventures.
Educational Themes: The story makes it easy to talk about the natural cycle of life, both literally (like a tree) and as a broader concept. Leaf's adventures also give you the opportunity to draw out specific vignettes (like loss, friendship, choices).
Literary Categories: Fiction - nature, interactive learning, art, picture book