Oliver Finds His Way by Phyllis Root

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A small bear looks for—and finds—courage and a way home.

While Mama hangs the wash out
and Papa rakes the leaves,
Oliver chases a big yellow leaf . . .

Oliver is so intent on following a blowing autumn leaf that he doesn’t even notice that he’s lost his way. All alone at the edge of the woods, he starts to cry. He cries and cries - but he is still lost. And so he rubs his nose and tries to think. . . .

With characteristic warmth, humor, and a firm faith in the power of pluck, Phyllis Root quietly captures a big, defining moment in the world of a small child.

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Phyllis Root, the author of several award-winning books for children, lives in Minnesota with her two daughters. About the inspiration for OLIVER FINDS HIS WAY, Phyllis Root recounts this anecdote from her childhood: "Once when I was very young, the legs I thought were my mother's in a crowd turned out to belong to a stranger. My mother was lost. I hollered really loud, just like Oliver, and my mother found me." Christopher Denise grew up in New England, and is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. He was drawn to the story of Oliver because, he says, "I couldn't pass up the opportunity to draw scenes of New England in the fall - bright blue skies, brilliant displays of red, yellow, and purple, cool crisp air, long visits to my grandparents' house and, best of all, playing in the leaves." Christopher Denise's first picture book was published in 1994, and since then he has illustrated seven more, including A REDWALL WINTER'S TALE by Brian Jacques.
Published January 1, 2002 by Walker Books Ltd. 33 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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953, etc.) gently approaches this potentially frightening rite of passage through Oliver, a curious and adorable bear cub, as he, “chases a big yellow leaf down the hill, around a clumpy bush, under a twisty tree, and all the way to the edge of the woods,” out of the sight of his parents busy wor...

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The woods where Oliver finds himself may be shadowy, but glimpses of comforting blue sky show through the trees, and a squirrel and bunny who watch Oliver are far from threatening.

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