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Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  1,266 ratings  ·  189 reviews
Lois Ehlert uses watercolor collage and pieces of actual seeds, fabric, wire, and roots in this innovative and rich introduction to the life of a tree. A special glossary explains how roots absorb nutrients, what photosynthesis is, how sap circulates, and other facts about trees. “Children will beg to share this book over and over.”--American Bookseller
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 15th 1991 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Lisa Vegan
Sep 24, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who have sugar maple trees on their property or in their neighborhood
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
This is one of the books for October’s Autumn/Halloween theme at the Picture Books club, one of the Children's Books group's clubs. Of the six monthly books for this club, I’d read two and I’m waiting for three to arrive. This is the first one I’ve read specifically for the club.

Well, I thought I was going to love this when I opened the book and saw a leaf shape cut out of yellow over orange (I am often easily entertained) and I did like this book, but I wasn’t wowed.

I liked the non-fiction part
I picked this one up just based on the cover thinking it would be a good autumn read. It's actually more of a "nature book" talking about the life of a maple tree from seed to sapling to being planted in the child narrator's back yard. There's some info in the back discussing different aspects of the maple tree. This would be a good seasonal tie-in to science curriculum, perhaps, though I didn't find it an especially engaging read.
Crystal Marcos
I just read Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf and I was hoping for more. When I first saw the cover and the first couple pages I thought the artwork was great; the leaf cutout and the pretty fall colors. After a few pages unfortunately I began to lose interest. My favorite part wasn't a part of the story. It was how to make a bird treat. I plan on making this with my daughter, mom, and dad at their house which has an abundance of trees and many birdhouses. I appreciate what the author was doing, teaching ab ...more
Oct 05, 2010 Brenda rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Brenda by: Children's Book club Halloween/Autumn theme
Shelves: picture-books
At first I expected this book to be about the changing of seasons or Autumn because inside the front cover there is a cut out of a leaf amongst a pile of yellow leaves. My son and I quickly determined that this book is more about the author writing about her maple tree, its parts and how it was planted. My son’s favorite illustrations were the ones that included the Black capped Chickadees, Squirrels and Downey Woodpecker eating suet from the tree. I think this book would work well when discussi ...more
Oct 25, 2010 Ronyell rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ronyell by: The Picture-Book Club
“Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf” is an informative children’s book by Lois Ehlert and it is basically about the life cycle of trees being told through creative illustrations. “Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf” may have interesting illustrations and great information on the tree cycle, however the story might be a bit too bland for many children to handle.

I did enjoyed Lois Ehlert’s illustrations as they were both colorful and creative at the same time. I especially loved the way that Lois Ehlert used real objects s
I've been looking for Halloween and autumn books lately and this one fit the bill perfectly. All my children loved this one, my 5 yr old as well as my twin 3 yr olds. They loved watching the cutout leaves change color from page to page and my older son loved watching the whole tree growing process documented like a science project. He loves science. Lots of fun for the fall season.
Esther Barajikian
"Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf" is a beautiful picture book intended for primary readers. It has won many awards including the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award. I gave this book a 4-star rating. "Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf" is written from the perspective of a young child who is telling the story of his beloved sugar maple tree. The little narrator takes the reader from its most early stage as a wind blown seed to its present state as a lovely tree in his yard. The illustrations in this book are absolutely ...more
Salima Sikandar
The book “Red Leaf, yellow Leaf” is a wonderful book for young readers. It is primarily all about a nature book which tells the life cycle of maple tree, the books presents beautiful illustrations through colors of all seasons i.e. summer, winter, autumn and spring.
The author in this book has also presented facts and information about sugar maple tree and more importantly in a manner which can be easily understood by kids. This may also tempt and motivate young kinds to plant and care their own
Nov 01, 2008 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Interesting story that talks about the life cycle of a tree and some of the birds and animals that make the tree part of their home. Creative illustrative style.

This book was selected as one of the October 2011 - Autumn and Halloween reads at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.
I do like the way Ehlert mixes media - collage of real-life materials plus paper cutouts plus a bit of tempura, I think. Huge font and lots of information make this perfect for a classroom share. At the end is a perfect example of how slightly older children could do a wonderful research report. Not much of a story, but still engaging. I'm hoping my son isn't too old to make the bird-treat ornaments with me.
Romanus Elangwe
The author loves trees and especially the "Sugar Maple" tree. He indicates how the trees grow--wind blow the seeds from big maple trees in the woods; they "twirl" and "whirl" (good vocabulary and rhyming words) as they fall and those that are not found by squirrels sprout in the spring after the sun warms them up. This indicates that squirrels eat the seeds. The stages of growth up how nursery workers (with gloves) transplant, mark, wrap and truck the trees to garden centers for sale. Daddy buys ...more
Tanya Bornstein
I loved reading this book! I learned something new so I know the children will too. This book is quite educational on the way trees grow and how we acquire new trees to grown in our own yard.

L.E: Read this during the fall time and ask the children why this is a fall time book. Then go outside and look at the trees around and discuss what kind of trees they are by their leaves. Then have the children pick up a leaf off the ground or off the tree and bring it inside. They will then place the leaf
Tishandra Mayfield
This is a great book to teach children about leaves and how they grow on trees. The illustrations are colorful and provides a really good depiction of how leaves look. I think that any child would be interested in how leaves grow. The book is not too long and is written in a way that a young child will understand how leaves grow.

Have each child to bring in leaves. Have the children to categorize their leaves, such as placing them in pile with the same color. Hvae the children count how many leav
This book is colorful and display colors of fall and watercolor collage art. The story is about a sugar maple tree and the boy who planted it. Children can learn about gardening, seasons, and the cycle of a trees.

Learning Extension:
Children can go outside in the fall and collect leaves the same color in
the book. Each child tell about the leaves they pick. Have the children to paste the leaves on a tree that they draw. Let them tell what tree they like the most about their art. Science and Art.
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf while it is not one of my favorites it does have a lot of great vocabulary words to describe the changing in leaves on the trees during fall, winter,spring. The pictures are simple but they are bright and colorful. Red Leaf, Yellow leaf is told from a child's prospective. This a great book to add to the classroom.

***Learning Extension***
Allow the children to explore real items from the book in a sensory table. (leaves both died and alive, seeds, and sticks/branches)
Jessica Garcia
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert, tells the story of a sugar maple tree and the young child who planted it. The story begins with the young boy looking out the window as he sees many sugar maple seeds flying around his backyard. As the seasons pass he notices that the sugar maple seeds begin to grow. One day as he glances to his backyard he notices that nursery workers have come to the woods to collect the tree sprouts. He explains how the trees are then tended for as well as measured, marke ...more
This book takes the reader through the process of a tree, specifically a maple tree, growing and eventually being purchased from a garden store and planted at a home. The reader learns about what it takes to grow a tree and what a tree does during the year. An added feature of this book is the terms that are labeled on the pictures to get a better learning experience.

I enjoyed this book because it has leaves over the cover and I personally love finding the most beautiful leaves
Necole Penn
This book is good for science due to the leaves, the environment, and how it gives information about growing plants. That is important information to give to children, so they can have hands-on with nature and all the different textures of the things with nature. It's a lot of activites that would come from this book dealing with materials outside and inside. Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf is a book that also shows different colors and seasons that children can make season booklets, or learn their colors ...more
Rachael LaRochelle
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L-Crystal Wlodek
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf is a realistic picture book recommended for students in kindergarten through second grade and is a Reading Rainbow book and an American Bookseller Pick of the List. It is about a child and the sugar maple tree the child planted. The child watches the tree grow through all of the seasons, as they grow up together. The illustrations are done in full color with the use of watercolor collage, leaf shaped diacuts, actual seeds, fabric, wire, roots, among other things to bring to ...more
Tony Montez
This book talks about a child and how much this child loves this maple tree. The child talks about the process of how the tree was much older than he/she was. Then it goes through the process of how the tree got from growing naturally into the woods, then picked and replanted at a nursery, until finally one day the child came with the father and picked out the tree and took it home to their house to be planted. The child loves how much the tree changes colors in the fall and all of the an
Joy Colclasure
This is a great book by a great author. You can read this book at any time of the year but it would be especially great in the fall. This book teaches how trees grow, and how we can plant them in our own back yard. This book also teaches the life cycle of a tree, and how it changes during each season. And, talk about great new vocabulary for the children. I like how throughout the book the pictures are labled with the name, like the "black-capped chickadee". It also gives the names of diffrent t ...more
Jan 19, 2014 Deja rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: colors
Review: I like this book for like a classroom on learning why the tree's change colors. I love how it broke down the changes in the tree from when I starts as a bean.

Learning Experience: My experience topic would be on science. I would hand out plants and instructions on the experiment because you would have to take it home. The lesson would be they would have to keep the plant in sunlight range and water it every other day. But the lesson they would have to put their data of the changes in a co
Sep 01, 2014 Teri rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
Read about this book somewhere and thought it might be a good addition to our fall season books. The illustrations are very bright and fun. It is the story of a sugar maple tree. My daughter is 4 yrs old and liked learning about how a tree grows and the different parts of a tree. It tells about planting a tree and on the back flap is instructions or making bird treats to hang on a tree branch.
This book actually wasn't what I expected. I though it may be a book about the leaves changing in the fall, but it ended up goin in depth about only the maple tree and how it grows and developes after planting it. The pictures are bright and colorful which may interest small children, but the story may not interest them. It may interest children in the 1st or 2nd grade if they are learning about the science of tree growth.

Extension Activity: Discuss with the children the life cycle of a maple t
Tammy Emmert
This is a great book by a great author. Great book to read in the fall, when the leaves are changing colors.This book teaches how trees grow, and how we can plant them. This book also teaches the life cycle of a tree, and how it changes during each season.

Extension: During outside time see how many different leaves the children can collect. Then do a leaf rubbing art.
Holly N.
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert is a visually beautiful book that can be an excellent science teaching tool on the life cycle of a maple tree. The vocabulary in the book is descriptive and helps to depict the changing of leaves in each season. I recommend this book for the fall school semester where you can do lots of creative activities with the changing leaves.
Linda Branich
This is a cute story that a child tells about the history of a sugar maple tree, the acquisition of her sugar maple tree, and the growth of her tree. For children a bit older, the last few pages contain some more technical facts about all aspects of the tree, from the anatomy of the tree to photosynthesis. VERY NICE KIDS' ILLUSTRATIONS
Jessie Jang
I think this is a good book because of the different colors. Also what happens to leaves when the seasons change. Also the book was on the season on autumn and the different color leaves.

Learning Experience
I would give children a piece of paper and paint and ask them to paint the color of the leaves they see during the fall.
Sep 22, 2014 Meghan added it
Shelves: concept-books
This book is a great concept book to read for younger children, because it goes through the life of a tree, and descriptions of specific leaves. For teachers, this would be a good book to use to see if the students can go out and identify some of the leaves from the book. The illustrations are really detailed as well.
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