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Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
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Mar 14, 12

bookshelves: children-s-literature
Read in March, 2012

"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 beautiful and filled with the brilliant colors of spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Children are sure to love the simple, yet imaginative language as well as the beautiful pictures that reflect the excitement and fun of childhood days.

Another wonderful aspect of this book is that it is a great teaching tool. Not only will children enjoy the easy paced story line, they will also have the opportunity to learn all about the life cycle of trees. Near the end of the book, the author has included all kinds of interesting fact about the sugar maple tree. Information on the leaves, roots, seeds, bark, flowers, and much more is presented in a child-friendly format. Steps are even provided to help young readers plant and fall in love with their own trees.
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