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Fletcher and the Falling Leaves

(Fletcher the Fox #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  1,674 ratings  ·  227 reviews
Celebrate fall with the sweet and charming Fletcher the fox!

As the leaves fall from his favorite tree, Fletcher worries that something is terribly wrong. But then winter comes, and with it a wonderful surprise. Do you know what it is? Join Fletcher and find out. . . .

Fletcher the fox is concerned about nature and wants to understand the changing of the seasons. Young reade
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by Greenwillow Books (first published August 29th 2006)
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I LOVE this book!!! It is absolutely beautiful in style as well as sentiment. Fletcher loves his tree, but when autumn comes he begins to fear that something terrible is happening--for the leaves begin to turn color and fall off. Is his tree ill? Mother assures him that it is just the change of the seasons, but Fletcher is still worried for he loves his tree as it is and it's hard to imagine it any other way. Fletcher's sensitivity is commendable, his curiosity and misunderstanding easy to relat ...more
Nov 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ronyell by: The Picture-Book Club
What happens to the leaves on a tree when autumn and winter comes around the corner? Well, that is what we are about to find out! “Fletcher and the Falling Leaves” is a children’s book by Julia Rawlinson along with illustrations by Tiphanie Beek and it is about a young fox named Fletcher who tries to save a tree’s leaves from falling off during autumn and winter. “Fletcher and the Falling Leaves” is a cute story about the beauty of changes in weather that I am sure that many children who are int ...more
Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
I was oohing and ahhing all through this book.

I adore the pastel created illustrations; they’re the kind I can see in my mind and would love to be able to create, but can’t get down on paper the way I’d like. They’re beautiful and worth 5 stars all by themselves. The last picture is visually stunning but all the pictures are just as beautiful in their own way.

The story is very sweet. I love Fletcher. What a great character! Fletcher’s attempt to help his tree as it loses its leaves is touching
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Autumn and/or Fox Lovers
Originally published in Britain as Ferdie and the Falling Leaves (and subsequently published by Scholastic, for the American school-market, as The Fox and the Falling Leaves), this delightful autumn picture-book follows the story of a young fox, and his somewhat less-than-graceful adjustment to the changing of the seasons. Deeply attached to his favorite tree, Fletcher was terribly worried, as autumn proceeded, to notice it losing leaves. Determined to do something about it, he soon discovered t ...more
Fletcher is very worried. The leaves on his favorite tree are turning gold and falling off. Fletcher tries to catch the leaves and place them back on the tree. The wind blows them back off again. When the last leaf falls off of the tree, Fletcher feels like he's let his favorite tree down. He takes the golden leaf into his den and tucks it into a cozy bed. The next morning his tree is transformed into glittering ice icicles. "A tiny breeze shivered the branches, making a sound like laughter, and ...more
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a thoroughly enjoyable read aloud.
Shaye Miller
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This week I picked up an older title that was new-to-me and it was simply delightful. It's the story of a young fox who is experiencing autumn for the very first time. As the leaves begin falling off the tree, he attempts to save them and keep them tethered to the tree. Knowing nothing about this season, he can hardly imagine the surprise right around the corner. This book shares the precious innocence that children will easily relate to and the gorgeous artwork is such a treat. The pages are fu ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I saw that the title character shared a name with my best furry friend, I knew I had to own this book. It didn't disappoint. The artwork is so perfect for fall, and Fletcher's love for his "tree" will warm your heart! ...more
Cathy aka The Attached Mama
This book was my first introduction to the "Fletcher" series, and now I am a huge "Fletcher" fan! I enjoyed reading this book aloud to my older kids, and I am so thankful to have another little one to read this to this year! ...more
Jera Em
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, picture
This is a really charming read. I could definitely relate to this fox; telling a tree it will get better seems like something I would have done as a kid. Anyway, it has great illustrations and really captures the atmosphere of fall.
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't read this book without tearing up. I feel a deep sense of loss followed by a peaceful beauty. It reminds me of Tolkien. Maybe it's just because it's about a tree.

We also have Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms which is cute, but doesn't have as much depth.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a cute story about the changing of the trees and my kids loved the beautiful art added to the tree at the end!
Sweet story of a little fox who doesn't understand why a tree's leaves start to change color in the fall. Artwork is done in beautiful pastels that fit the story. ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: story-time
Fletcher's not the brightest leaf on the tree, if you know what I mean. ...more
Kate Rice McHugh
We used this as a read aloud in the library with kindergarten - fourth grade classes, and they all LOVED Fletcher. Especially the last page: so many gasps and demands to pass the book around to touch the sparkles on the snow-bedazzled tree. :-) It led to thoughtful discussions of empathy, as well.
Oct 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a sweet story and while our girls aren't as naive as Fletcher, this is their first Fall and it will be their first Winter season (in a location that gets cold and snowy, that is!)

Having spent the last 8+ years on a tropical island, I can understand how someone who has never seen the fall might be confused.

The pastel illustrations are cute and somewhat mottled and in an impressionist kind of style. Our girls loved the last page with the glittery tree and the tactile feel to the page. It
So quiet, so sweet, so perfect. Love the language, love the imagery. Simply lovely, and just a little bit magical.

Just listen to these lines: "...the soft, swishing sound of summer was fading to a crinkly whisper." "Crinkly whisper." Love that.

"The leaves...tossed and turned and twitched and twirled and tumbled to the ground." That is a most awesome use of alliteration.

The tone reminds me very much of Jim Averbeck's In a Blue Room, which I love with all my heart.

I read this aloud to 4-year-old
Oct 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys beautiful illustrations, stories about Autumn
Recommended to Brenda by: Children's Book group Halloween/Autumn theme
Shelves: picture-books
One in the series of three books about Fletcher the fox finds him trying to help his tree keep its leaves. The gorgeous pastel illustrations compliment the authors writing and really make you feel the season of Autumn. Best of all is the final illustration which really sparkles. I am defiantly going to check out Fletcher and the Snowflake Christmas and Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms. ...more
Katie Voss
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Foxes are my favorite animal, and so I'm always glad to find a children's book where a fox is the good character, and not somebody who goes around terrorizing other animals. I read this book to my story time group of 3-6 year-olds, and they loved every bit of it. The boys were insistent the fox was a wolf (of course) but as a whole all the kids were totally engaged. They loved the pictures, and it was easy for them to follow along with the story. It gave them another way to think about the chang ...more
Tasia Sandlin
This story is a cute story but it does not hold attention very well. The story is about a little fox named Fletcher who does not understand why the leaves are falling off the tree and he tries to save them for the tree. He gets the last leaf from the tree and takes it home and makes it a bed but he is still worried about his favorite tree. Winter has finally come and when Fletcher goes to check on his favorite tree it is covered in icicles and Fletcher tells his tree that it is so beautiful and ...more
Oct 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Fletcher, a young fox, is horrified to discover that the leaves of his favorite tree are turning brown. He rushes home to his mother to tell her that something’s wrong with it. Rawlinson treats Fletcher’s fears with a tender compassion that will allow children to sympathize with his fears for his tree. Ostensibly about the change of seasons the central metaphor of this book can extend to changes of all kinds. Beeke’s illustrations are expressive and beautifully match the tone of Rawlinson’s stor ...more
Mar 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My three-year-old son didn't mind this story (especially since he's into foxes at the moment) and he loved the picture of the sparkly tree. I didn't really like the story at all, I don't know what it was but the little fox going around trying to put the leaves back on the tree just wasn't cute for me. The pictures, however, are completely lovely. ...more
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am actually writing a review of this picture book because I saw that it was published in Great Britain as "Ferdie and the Falling Leaves," and as an American I am horribly offended that we couldn't be trusted with a fox named Ferdie. The renaming seems unnecessary (just like "Philosopher's Stone", tbh). ...more
I love little Fletcher. The illustrations are in water color and not what I usually think of for a children's book but the last page is wonderful and such a surprise. ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Adorable illustrations and a cute book teaching young children about fall. Read my FULL REVIEW ...more
Hannah Givens
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book, animals
Super cute story with a lot of emotional and visual interest, and I always like it when the fox isn't the villain! ...more
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exceptional illustrations. Fletcher discovers fall.
Jack Webb
I realize that this is a book for children and I'm hardly the target audience? but I felt so much pathos for the title character when my husband read this to me aloud a few months back that I sort of couldn't handle it. (Clearly. Because it's been that long and my feelings about it are still bothering me enough to get me to write this.)

True to the rest of the Fletcher series, in this book, Fletcher makes a youthful assumption about the natural world that turns out to be incorrect (in this case,
Christina Reid
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an absolute work of art! I found myself lingering over the illustrations, appreciating the blend of the colours and how so much character is expressed in just a few well-placed lines. This is definitely a book to be savoured for both the pictures and the story, both of which are stunning.
Ferdie the Fox notices the world around him changing as Summer moves into Autumn, including his favourite tree seeming to get sick and then begin to lose its leaves. Ferdie tries to gather them up a
Gah, so adorable! Sweet little Fletcher doesn't understand why leaves from his special tree were falling and he was worried. Because he doesn't want the leaves to be alone and lost. So, he did all he could to help the leaves to remain on the tree.

However, it's Fall. So, there's no way to prevent the leaves from not falling. But in the end, Fletcher was surprised with how the tree turned out to be in Winter, with snow and icicles hanging from his favorite tree.

This is such a great book in intro
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