Happy Friday, Folks!
Remember on Wednesday when I said I was looking forward to daffodils?
Well, guess what?
Yesterday I took my dad to New York City for cataract surgery and in all the little square “gardens” planted around trees along one of the sidewalks on 64th Street there were…
…wait for it…
They’re like a little drops of captured sunshine, aren’t they? 🙂
So I chose the perfect picture book to capture feeling springy 🙂
(and yes, I’ve done it before, but I love it and I was pressed for time due to the aforementioned trip to NYC!)
Title: A Leaf Can Be
Written By: Laura Purdie Salas
Illustrated By: Violetta Dabija
Millbrook Press, February 2012, Fiction based on fact
Suitable For: ages 3-8
Themes/Topics: nature, seasons, poetry
Opening: “A leaf is a leaf
It bursts out each spring
when sunny days linger
and orioles sing.
A leaf can be a…
Brief Synopsis: a simple rhyming story that shows all the many things a leaf can be.
Links To Resources: the back of the book has lots of facts about leaves, showing how they can be all the things mentioned in the book. There is also a small glossary. Take a walk and see how many different kinds of leaves you can find. What could your leaves be used for? Leaf Activities. What else can you look at in different ways?
Why I Like This Book: The quietness of this book encourages children to really think about all the different things leaves can be and in turn encourages children to stretch their imaginations about how other everyday objects might be used in different ways. The poetry is gentle with pretty images. The information in the back adds a lot to the learning potential of the book. And the art in this book is absolutely luminous. It just glows. It is the perfect art for the text making for an altogether magical reading experience.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂
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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂
(and have some cake on me 🙂 )