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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  835 ratings  ·  133 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
10th out of 58 books — 37 voters
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Books about Fall/Autumn for Toddlers
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Lisa Vegan
Sep 03, 2008 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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.
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
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 22, 2014 Meghan added it
Shelves: fiction, fall-books
This is a great book that teaches about leaves falling and what happens to them. This would be good for younger grades, because they might have some of the same concerns the bear has, and then they get to see at the end how the leaves bloom again. This is also a great book to use in fall, and teachers could even incorporate an activity finding leaves outside.
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
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
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.
Ellen Ramsey
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!
My five-year-old son picked this book out from the library this week.

This is sweet, simple little story, with absolutely delightful illustrations.
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
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
Four stars if you're northern hemisphere. A bit more abstract for us here in Australia, but a lovely book.
Katherine Cowley
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
Darling! Baby bear with a compassionate soul witnesses the circle of life of trees.
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
Great readaloud for PreK or special needs classes when fall sets in
Jessica Vu
I used this book to do a sequencing activity with 1st grade students. I used 4 of the pictures, and wrote text with them similar to the book. I cut out leaves in red, orange, and yellow and had the studetns paste the events to the leaves, but them in order and staple them together. They had an extra leaf on top to color the front of their book and put a title on it.

You can mention that the title is an irregular plural; leaf/leaves

Good to teach while teaching seasons; fall,winter, spring

Discuss t
Lauren White
Good for grades prek-k. Seasons.
Feb 18, 2015 Olivia added it
Beautiful illustrations!
With beautiful water color illustrations and very simple text, Leaves tells the story of a bear experiencing his first fall and winter. Specifically his noticing the leaves falling off the trees and his subsequent hibernation. It's subtly emotional, as Bear is worried whether the leaves should be still on the trees. I can imagine a parent liking to have it around as it can both show that change isn't always bad, and of course start a kid down the path of noticing how seasons/nature works.
Japonika Finch
I would used this book to do a sequencing activity with 1st grade students. I would used 4 of the pictures from the book, and write text that is similar to the text of the book. I would then cut out leaves in red, orange, and yellow and have the studetns paste the events to the leaves, but to put them in order and staple them together. They will have an extra leaf on top to color the front of their book and put a title on it. Also could be use to teach about the seasons.
Very simple book about a bear and his first Fall.
Ashley Viox
I really liked this book! The pictures in the book went great with the text. This book is a very easy read. I think you could read this book to a kindergarden class when learning about seasons or about different animals, you could even introduce animals that hibernate with this book. The book is a very low level, but i think it is a great book for a read aloud. Overall i think that this was a great book and I think i will read this book to my future class.
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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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