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Leaf Man

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Fall has come, the wind is gusting, and Leaf Man is on the move. Is he drifting east, over the marsh and ducks and geese? Or is he heading west, above the orchards, prairie meadows, and spotted cows? No one's quite sure, but this much is certain: A Leaf Man's got to go where the wind blows.

With illustrations made from actual fall leaves and die-cut pages on every spread th...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Leaf Man by Lois EhlertThe Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda WilliamsApples and Pumpkins by Anne F. RockwellFletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia RawlinsonPumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
Picture books about Fall
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Kathryn
This is a cool collage of real leaves forming all the illustrations--a leaf man, leaf birds, leaf fish, leaf prairies, leaf forests... it's nifty and fun for autumn though it didn't especially strike a chord with me.
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Leaf Man comes from popular children’s Author and Illustrator Lois Elhert. Elhert is known for her collage style of illustrating, using found objects to create colorful and beautiful scenes. Leaf Man is available in a hardcover edition with glossy printed pages, each scalloped on the top to create a layered effect within the book.

Leaf man has landed in your yard, that’s right, look carefully and you will see the outline of a little man i...more
Megan
I met this author when she came to our library for our storytelling festival. After hearing her talk about her work and her art, I appreciate and admire her books even more. Mainly she works in collage, though her cut out books, namely Color Farm and Color Zoo, are equally creative and detailed. Much of her inspiration comes from nature and I have a hard time believing she still has not won a caldecott medal for her work. Look for board book variations of her work for the new babies. THe shapes...more
Linda
Per Lois Ehlert's style of big and bold, colorful and simple, Leaf Man will not disappoint. The Leaf Man is artistically formed from Fall leaves of all sorts or shades of the season. He has acorn eyes, and a small, round sweet gum tree's fruit (often called a "gumball") for his mouth. (You can see him on the cover of the book.) And this book is filled, just filled, with the leaves of a Fall season.

"A Leaf Man's got to go where the wind blows." ... the refrain that runs throughout this book. The...more
Lisa Vegan
I loved, loved, loved the leaves and the art made with them and the different shapes of the pages, and I liked the author’s note at the end. The “story” did nothing for me at all. This would have worked better for me as one of those wordless picture books. The leaves are wonderful though. 5 stars for the illustrations and 1 star for the story = 3 stars.
Last Ranger

The Unexpected Journey.

This is one of the most creative books I've ever seen. Author Lois Ehlert has turned a life-long hobby of collecting leaves into a unique children's book that appeals to both the young and the young at heart. Each page is a delightful romp through the autumn woods and fields of America. Look for the Leaf Man on the first page, then follow him as the wind takes him to far flung places on his unexpected journey. Don't be too quick when you're flipping through this book, take...more
Brittany
Fantastic illustrations. Love.
Christina
Leaf man is a beautiful photo collage of fall leaves. Ehlert uses the leaves' color and shape to assemble a “Leaf Man” and the reader follows his journey as the wind takes him away. The text is simple, yet full of information about direction, habitats and types of leaves. The scalloped edges merge the unchanging fall background with a foreground which moves from marshes to meadows to a lake. The native wildlife of ducks, turkey and fish are constructed from bright fall leaves, and readers will e...more
Martha Freeman
“Leaf Man” shows the author’s trademark mastery of collage in a gorgeous celebration of fall foliage.

Not only that, its endpapers provide a valuable service, at least for leaf know-nothings like me, by giving names to the leaf litter on sidewalks and forest floors, including maple, honey locust, sweet gum, ginkgo, ash and oak.

Everyone’s familiar with the sight of a man in the moon or a hippo in the clouds. In this case, Ehlert takes the same idea – and a little artful arrangement– to see figures...more
Brit
Leaf Man is such a cute, fun picture book to read. The illustrations are realistic and all autumn colors with dark reds, browns, burnt oranges, and hunter greens. The pages change in height with the top of the pages varying in designs. The words are in large font and are easy to read with a few words that may be challenging like "prairie". The story talks about a man made of leaves and how the wind blew and he went away. As the story goes on, it goes into the journey he may be going through as h...more
Lavonnia
Leaf Man is a picture book that won the 2005 Child’s magazine’s Best Children’s Book Awards. This book is intended for ages 4 through 6, the (I) Infancy, ages birth through 5 years old and the (P) Primary reading range, ages 5 through 8.

The book describes autumn leaves and how they are blown all over, up down over and under. It shows there different shapes and colors.

I am giving the book a 5 star rating, this is based on the illustration on the pages, the various shapes of the pages, the colors...more
Kendra
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Suzanne DeConto
This book is a great way to represent the way in which leaves can be used in art, to make different pictures and objects. It really encourages children to use their imagination while observing nature. The colors and details of the leaves are great and the guide in the back which displays different types of leaves is very informative. The different shapes of the top of the pages also adds a creative element. The actual story was stronger at some points than others. At the end it says “Listen for...more
Caroline
How many of us pick up leaves that we think are beautiful and wish we could do something to capture them just when accessory pigments are kicking in? That's just what Ehlert did when she created this book although I'm not clear if the pictures are photo images or illustrations of the leaves that were collected.

This was catalogued in my local library as an Easy Fic. book for small children. This disturbs me ( a little) for two reasons. One, I don't think I would have enjoyed this book as a small...more
Liza
fun and different book about leaves. wasnt sure if my little kids would get the more abstract illustrations, but they did and everyone enjoyed the book.
Kodie
This book is about the Fall season and it is creative and colorful. A leaves journey through the town blown by wind and during his journey his leaves all change directions and patterns to make something different each time.
I love the illustrations in this book! Especially the page when the leaves all reform into becoming different kinds of Butterflies!
You could use this book in the classroom by breaking down climates and weather changes into specific season that occur. Like Fall, Spring Winter,...more
Kristy Breese
What? This book will be good for emergent readers ages 2-7. The author encourages children to use their imagination by illustrating leaves as a man. children are encouraged to ask questions about what happens to the leaves when the wind blows away.

So What? I like the way the author illustrates the leaves to form a man. This encourages students to increase their imaginations and see nature in a different way.

Now what? After reading this book with my students I would take them outside and let the...more
sleeps9hours
Cool art, makes me want to do my own. One of the few books with repeating lines that I nevertheless enjoy reading aloud.
Jordan
I thought this was a pretty good Children's book. The story was about a leaf man that gets blown all over the place into different designs and how he is always on the move. I paid more attention to the pictures than I did to the words because I did not find the actual story all that interesting. The pictures were incredible and the edge of the pages were all cut differently. This made it very interesting to look at and I think kids will really enjoy the pictures of the leaves. The beginning of t...more
Rachel
A very simple picture book about a man formed out of leaves, this book explains how the wind decides where the leaf man goes. On his way around, he sees chickens, ducks, geese, vegetables, fruits, turkeys, bunnies, cows, fish and all other manner of things. I like the end pages with their illustrations of individually named leaves in all kinds of colors. The author apparently liked to collect leaves and had a leaf file, where she kept them so she could illustrate them, which is how she came up w...more
Lobstergirl
A formation of leaves vaguely resembling a man has blown away; the author wonders where he went. Pleasing large-scale photographic reproductions of leaves (Ehlert collects them everywhere she goes and quickly makes color photocopies before they fade). In some illustrations Ehlert has fashioned them into mice, chickens, fish, turtles, birds, butterflies, cows, and vegetables. The endpapers identify some leaf species and now I'm wondering if that enormous ovate-leafed weed in one of my planters is...more
Katy
Fall has come, the wind is gusting, and Leaf Man is on the move. Is he drifting east, over the marsh and ducks and geese? Or is he heading west, above the orchards, prairie meadows, and spotted cows? No one's quite sure, but this much is certain: A Leaf Man's got to go where the wind blows.

With illustrations made from actual fall leaves and die-cut pages on every spread that reveal gorgeous landscape vistas, here is a playful, whimsical, and evocative book that celebrates the natural world and t...more
Moses Parker


Leaf Man is a good book to share with young children about how trees lose their leaves turn colors of gold and red. The pictures are vivid and the book pages and unlike regular book pages. This book and the illustration are all about movement and change. The question is posed as to where the Leaf Man gose after he has fallen from the tree. It is known that the Leaf Man is helpless against the wind and must go where the wind blows him. This is a fun fill journey of where the Leaf Man might go. Ov...more
Sara Presnell
Leaf man is the story of a leaf that has a face on it. The leaf man gets blown away by the wind, and the author spends the book looking for where leaf man could have went. I think that young children would like having this book read to them, because the pictures are big and full of colors. There is also the repetition of the phrase, "Leaf man's got to go where the wind blows." Young children really like phrases that are repeated throughout books, and this phrase would help this remember the stor...more
Rebecca Ann
This is a lovely nature picture book that would go well with storytimes about fall/seasons or nature. The intended age is probably a bit older, because there is some decoding of the leaf-figures required that I'm not sure a younger child would be able to understand (could be wrong, though). I'm guessing 1st-3rd grade would be ideal for this book. The story follows the "leaf man" which is a man made of leaves and twigs as the wind sweeps him over different parts of the natural world and animals.
Alexa Maring
I remember this book from the pre-k placement. We used this book to teach about the season Fall as well as having the students use their creativity. Students were able to look at the book and search for the "Leaf Man". The young students saw different possibilities of what can be made from a leaf. After reading the book and introducing the season of Fall, students created their own leaf man and a sentence was written about what the leaf was. Let students' creativity run wild!
Erica Roberson
Leaf man was definitely written for a younger audience. The illustrations were pretty and realistic. I also like how the pages were different sizes, so it looked as if the illustrations of the leaves were stacked on top of each other like a pile of leaves. The story had a sense of personification; "leaf man" flew over etc etc etc. The book was very repetitive and most of the story spoke about different things that he traveled over. Pretty illustrations, but not the best book.
Christine Ridout
I have one group that is difficult to read to because there is a broad mix of developmental levels with fairly large gaps among them. Leaf Man worked with this group because the artwork includes a variety of hidden animals that the children can locate. The children could operate on different levels with some children finding the more obscure animals, others identifying the obvious ones. Beautiful artwork with fabulous autumn colors. Irregular sized pages increases the fun.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
The things you can do with leaves! Children will be challenged to spot the animals, fish, and birds made of leaves in this book, a perfect choice for fall. After reading it, they can gather leaves outside and make their own creatures and leaf men. What I especially like is the identification of all the different types of leaves at the end of the book. Children can learn something about trees from their leaves. I highly recommend this simple book, for pre-K through first grade.
RLL52013_AnnaliseCaudill
This imaginative story takes children on a journey of Leaf Man. Lois Ehlert takes readers on the Leaf Man's journey through the pasture and orchard with the repetitive phrase of "A Leaf Man's got to go where the wind blows." Readers are immediately pulled into the story by the beautiful pictures made from real leaves and the formatting of the pages shows the beautiful landscape. A great book for young readers, but illustrations that can be enjoyed by all!
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