Leaves by David Ezra Stein

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It?s a young bear?s first autumn, and the falling leaves surprise him. He tries to put them back on the trees, but it doesn?t work. Eventually, he gets sleepy, and burrows into the fallen leaves for a long nap. When he wakes up, it?s spring?and there are suddenly brand-new leaves all around, welcoming him.

Graceful illustrations and a childlike main character offer the perfect way to talk to children about the wonder of the changing seasons.


About David Ezra Stein

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David Ezra Stein received the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award for Leaves, which was also a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, a Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice and a School Library Journal Best Book. He also wrote and illustrated Pouch!, The Nice Book and Monster Hug! He lives in Kew Gardens, New York.
Published August 16, 2007 by Putnam Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Kirkus Reviews

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A young bear observing his first autumn is captivated by the leaves as they change color from golden to amber.

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Publishers Weekly

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And, he thought, the leaves welcomed him.” Many things contribute to the success of Stein's tale: the joyously colored panels that hang on the pages like paintings—more intimate, somehow, than double-page spreads—the island's eight trees and their leaves, which seem lively and animate and entirel...

Aug 13 2007 | Read Full Review of Leaves


Le Tellier makes this clear right from the start: “Any man – or woman –who wants to hear nothing – or no more – about love should put this book down.” Anna, an analysand of Thomas’, describes being struck by thunder when she encounters the writer Yves for the first time.

Mar 23 2011 | Read Full Review of Leaves

The Paris Review

Probably no writer ever finishes a book without wishing he could keep it to himself.

Sep 09 2011 | Read Full Review of Leaves

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