Ten different trees, ten different kinds of leaves... jump into autumn!
My Leaf Book
Written and Illustrated by Monica Wellington
Penguin/Dial hardcover edition ISBN:10-0803741413
A Junior Library Guild Selection
"There's no doubt it will capture children's attention and hopefully have them searching for their own specimens and creating leaf books of their own." —Kirkus Reviews
"Along with dispensing plenty of informational tidbits...[My Leaf Book] celebrates the gorgeous colors and the great variety of trees around us." —Booklist
"PreS-Gr 2—One of the most visible indicators of autumn are falling leaves. The narrator decides to take those leaves and create her very own leaf book to commemorate the season. Once she gathers them, she uses a tree guide to identify the tree and record the name. As each leaf is examined, Wellington provides additional facts about trees and leaves (including vocabulary such as lobes and compound leaves), which will help readers create their own leaf books. The author does a terrific job combining subjects here—story is interwoven with fact, and science is interwoven with art. As the leaf-gathering continues, the girl uses leaves to create prints and rubbings as well as adding them to her book. The illustrations are created in bright autumnal colors. Each type of leaf is depicted in color photocopies as well as other artistic methods. The trees scattered throughout have simplified leaf shapes, but the leaves themselves are re-created in detail. VERDICT There can never be enough seasonally appropriate books for classrooms and libraries, particularly when they offer information readers can use." —School Library Journal