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3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,125 Ratings  ·  147 Reviews
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 per ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 16th 2007 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Picture books about Fall
9th out of 62 books — 43 voters
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Books about Fall/Autumn for Toddlers
4th out of 29 books — 22 voters

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Lisa Vegan
Sep 03, 2008 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: most young children
This is a lovely book about a young bear concerned about the wellbeing of falling autumn leaves. I liked the beginning more than the middle, the middle more than the end, and (because of the bear’s expression) the cover might be my favorite part of the book. There are some humorous touches including showing how the bear manages to put the leaves back on the tree. The ending was a bit weak I thought but I’d recommend it for all young children who don’t need rhyme and a lot of action to enjoy a bo ...more
Sep 09, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Oh what a sweet little story. One can't help but love little bear and his concern that the leaves are falling. I loved it where it said "He felt the sun and saw the little buds on the bare arms of the trees...".
Jessie Bear
A young bear experiences the changing of seasons for the first time in this heartwarming book. The bear wonders at the falling of the first leaf, and awakens after hibernation delighted to find the first buds of spring. The format and syntax of the story is simple enough to use as a transition from board books to regular picture books. Large type face and sparse text place an emphasis on the soft and inviting illustrations. These endearing pictures are simple and accessible, perfect for a young ...more
J Marsano
Jan 09, 2013 J Marsano rated it liked it
Shelves: infant-toddler
This board book has quickly become a favorite in the house, and by "house" I mean, in my toddler son's mind. The story is simple--a bear catches falling leaves, hibernates, and wakes in Spring. There are a couple of rhymes, which pushes the short story along nicely. Do the leaves in Spring really 'welcome' the bear? Yes, according to the story, which in my mind makes the story a little too sugary. Even toddlers can stand a better sugar/acid balance.

Sugar/Acid Balance (Will You Go Crazy if You H
Elizabeth Petrenko
This story about a bear observing the leaves beginning to fall from the trees in Autumn is a great book for young children who are also noticing changes in the seasons. The bear is concerned and attempts to "fix" the trees by reattaching the leaves, but to no avail. Eventually the bear collects a large pile of leaves and falls asleep in his den, slumbering for the entire winter, only to wake up in the Spring. It is then that he realizes that new buds are growing from the branches and that the le ...more
Jul 06, 2013 Jayna rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Ages 0 - 4

A little bear grows concerned when the leaves change and fall. Soon his bear instincts take over and he makes a bed of leaves in a hole and hibernates. When he wakes up he is greeted by the leaf buds.

This could be used for a story time about seasons. The little bear doesn't know that the leaves are meant to change colors and fall, but soon realizes that this is how the seasons work.
Apr 03, 2016 Lisa added it
Shelves: author-study
Summary: A bear is enjoying his first year of life until the leaves start falling from the trees. He is unsure of what is going on and panics a bit before he gathers up the leaves and makes a den for himself to hibernate for the winter. In the spring, when he awakens, the leaves are growing once again.

Review: This story tells a simple story of curiosity about something new and unknown. The bear is childlike in the way that he reacts to the leaves falling, and it seems almost silly, something chi
Oct 19, 2011 Robin rated it it was amazing
Short text suitable for youngest children -- bear is disturbed when the leaves fall off the trees, even tries to put them back. But sleep overcomes him (so not too worried), and all is well when he wakes in the spring.
Used in Rhyme Time, 10/18 & 10/19, 2011.
This is what I need for a fall storytime - art that is big enough to share, a bit more of a story than just "the leaves are falling" but not so much that littles can't follow along, and a sense of wonder about the changing seasons. It's Bear's first fall and he is surprised when the leaves fall off the trees. He wonders if they are ok. Since he can't stick them back on the trees, he puts a bunch in his cave. The leaves keep him cozy in the winter and in the spring, when the new leaves are buddin ...more
May 09, 2016 Jana rated it really liked it
This is such a sweet picture book. With very simple text and heartwarming illustrations, the author captures the magic and wonder of the changing seasons. It's Bear's first year, so he has a lot to learn. He becomes very worried when the leaves start to fall off the trees. In one adorable scene, he's trying to put them back on the trees. He becomes sleepy, digs a hole and stuffs the leaves inside. He goes in and falls asleep. He gets a very happy surprise when he comes out in the spring. The ill ...more
Oct 13, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
By David Ezra Stein

Genre: Concept

The young bear discovers the different seasons. He thinks there is something seriously wrong when the leaves begin to fall off the trees but he soon learns that this happens once a year.

A. The area for critique is the illustrations.
B. The author uses sketches and then adds water colors. This makes the story fun for children. The pictures are vibrant and easy to understand without the words. The author frames some of the illustrations. Some illust
Sherry Thornberry
Aw. Bear is only a year old and does not understand the seasons. But he does know he is tired and need a nap. So without knowing it he creates a hibernation den and hibernates just like he is supposed to. I like books about the fall because that's when you all feel snug and warm in your house with your family just when the weather starts to get colder. This book had that warm, lazy feel.
Sep 02, 2015 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
It is Bear's first autumn and he doesn't understand why the leaves are falling from the trees. Instinctively he does what bears do come fall, and when he wakes up in the spring he sees that the leaves are back! "Welcome!" he cries! Leaves by David Ezra Stein is a sweet picture book about the seasons that will enchant children ages 3 - 10 and their adults too.
Jul 29, 2014 Liesl rated it really liked it
The illustrations seem a little slapdash and leave a little to be desired, but the sweet, simple story more than makes up for it. I went into this one mostly blind and was not expecting an exploration of the cycle of seasons, which was a pleasant surprise. My son is obsessed with leaves right now, so this book really hit the spot!
Chelsea Gail Smith
Feb 07, 2013 Chelsea Gail Smith rated it really liked it
Leaves written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein is a cute story and learning tool for young children. The story is about a young bear in his first year of life. He sees that a leaf falls to the ground, then another, and then another. You could tell the bear was sad that all the leaves had fallen and even tried to put them back on the trees. Then Stein teaches the reader about hibernation. The bear starts to grow very tired, and uses the leaves to stuff a hole where he will sleep and hibernate ...more
Simple, but gratifying story.

It was his first year.
Everything was going well.
until the first leaf fell.
"Are you okay?" he wondered.
Then...a red one fell, a yellow one fell,
all over his island, the leaves were falling.
He tried to catch them and put them back on...
but it was not the same.
He sat beneath a tree and watched them go, all around.
But he grew sleepy, and so...
he found a hole and filled it with leaves,
and went to sleep, just as the wind began to blow.
Winter came.
He slept, snug in the gr
Jul 01, 2015 Maggie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 577-the-list
Ezra Jack Keats Book Award for New Writer (2008)

Bear is worried when leaves start falling his very first autumn. But soon he figures out what he needs to do, and hibernates for the winter. Cute, quick read for a winter/fall/hibernation story time with littles.
Oct 18, 2015 Ang rated it liked it
Preschool Storytime: Weather/Seasons/Animals theme

This is a great Preschool Storytime book. It's not long at all and is a great introduction to the changes of the seasons. The illustrations are wonderfully whimsical and bright.
Samantha Stenberg
This book is about a bear confused about the leaves. He notices the different colors and how when he wakes up from hibernation they look different. This book would be a great way to introduce the changing seasons.
Sep 08, 2015 LeeAnn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
A great story time choice for seasons, Autumn, or bear themes. My favorite but is when the young bear, who has never experienced the changing of the seasons before, tries to reattach a fallen leaf.
Ellen Ramsey
Jul 14, 2015 Ellen Ramsey rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book with fantastic illustrations. I love the young bear's concern about the falling leaves and his exuberant welcome to the new leaves in the spring!
Apr 11, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
My five-year-old son picked this book out from the library this week.

This is sweet, simple little story, with absolutely delightful illustrations.
Sep 18, 2014 Amanda rated it liked it
It's an ok children's book at describe the leaves and season change. My daughter might just be too young for this book, which is why I don't love it.
Virginia Carlston Whiting
Jul 09, 2011 Virginia Carlston Whiting rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I love this sweet, simple story and its expressive illustrations. It's tender to me at this time in my life as I watch my son experience his "firsts." To think that in a few months he'll witness autumn for the first time!

It also hits a childhood chord in me: I was a "worrier" of a kid. This book reminds me that things are bigger than I can see, that they have a way of working out and that I should stop and appreciate the wonder of seemingly-ordinary things like the changing of the seasons and t
Emily Eichstadt
Oct 07, 2015 Emily Eichstadt rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
This is a really quick, simple book to be read in the fall time. It could introduce a lesson on seasons, hibernation, or bears.
Four stars if you're northern hemisphere. A bit more abstract for us here in Australia, but a lovely book.
Katherine Cowley
Oct 26, 2011 Katherine Cowley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Admittedly, I liked this picture book more than my daughter did--but I think it's one she would really enjoy in a year or two. Basically, a bear struggles to deal with life change as he watches his dear friends, the leaves, fall to the ground. While partaking of the classic story line of the changing seasons, this book explores the idea of change, life, and renewal through beautiful illustrations that look like they're ink drawn. I found myself quite attached to the bear in wanting the leaves to ...more
Elizabeth Meadows
Jul 16, 2014 Elizabeth Meadows rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Darling! Baby bear with a compassionate soul witnesses the circle of life of trees.
Debby Baumgartner
Jan 21, 2016 Debby Baumgartner rated it liked it
Shelves: autumn, bears, trees, spring
Bear does not understand why the leaves are falling off the trees and finally falls asleep in the leaves till the next spring.
Destiny Dawn Long
A really lovely story about the cycles of nature. It's bear's first year and he's alarmed to see the leaves falling off the trees. But soon enough he's tired. While he hibernates, winter comes and goes. Then when he awakes in the spring, he sees that there are buds unfurling on the trees--and is happy to welcome back the leaves that he loves so much.

This is a great book to read to young children. There's just the right amount of text on the page to tell the story, without toddlers growing distr
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David Ezra Stein is an author-illustrator whose previous books include LEAVES, winner of an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. He lives in Kew Gardens, New York.
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