Synopses & Reviews
Fall has come, the wind is gusting, and Leaf Man is on the move. Is he drifting east, over the marsh and ducks and geese? Or is he heading west, above the orchards, prairie meadows, and spotted cows? No one's quite sure, but this much is certain: A Leaf Man's got to go where the wind blows.
With illustrations made from actual fall leaves and die-cut pages on every spread that reveal gorgeous landscape vistas, here is a playful, whimsical, and evocative book that celebrates the natural world and the rich imaginative life of children.
"Ehlert (Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf) returns to one of her favorite themes the rainbow beauty of autumn leaves for this refreshing riff on leaf peeping and collecting. A narrator recalls the Leaf Man that used to live nearby but recently blew away with the wind. 'He left no travel plans.' From that breezy beginning, the narrator imagines the different flight patterns the Leaf Man may have followed 'past the chickens, toward the marsh,... over the prairie meadows,... past the spotted cows,' and punctuates the lyrical text with an occasional refrain ( 'a Leaf Man's got to go where the wind blows'). All the while, Ehlert sparks her foliage flight of fancy with her snazzy leaf collages. Fiery maple, brown mottled catalpa and bright yellow ginko leaves take the shape of various animals and objects on each spread. The boldly colored background papers, of varying texture, make the leaves pop. And, in the type of clever book design for which Ehlert is known, the pages are die-cut and/or patchworked at the top to create a rolling, flowing effect throughout. Endpapers serve as a labeled field guide to leaf varieties and an author's note expresses Ehlert's passion for her subject, and describes her art technique. After this visual feast, young nature lovers are sure to look with fresh eyes as they walk through the woods. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[An] eye-catching picture book...the artwork is dazzling." School Library Journal
"[A] lyrical celebration of seasons and the sheer beauty of nature." Parenting Magazine
andquot;Ethereal and lovely...gives a sense of time standing still as nature starts to slow down in preparation for the winter.andquot;
andquot;Two children experience all that nature has to offer across a fall season oin a northern temperate climate...The many observations of change include those in weather, plants and animals, and sunlight. Itand#39;s the last thatand#39;s most brilliant captures in the illustrations, in which the glowing gold of early fall sunlight changes, page by page, to the colder blue light of winter.andquot;
andmdash;Horn Book Magazineand#160;
andquot;This picture book cleverly maximizes the different meaning of the title words to teach readers about autumn....thereand#39;s as much value in the wordplay as there is in the presented facts.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journaland#160;
Come along on a autumnal journey with a man made of leaves.
Part poem, part silent stage with luminous light-box illustrations, this innovative picture book puts autumn on display to captureand#160;the art and scienceand#160;ofand#160;season change.and#160;
Autumn is in the air: days grow shorter and nights are long. Birds leave, flowers, too. Apples and temperatures falland#8212;then snow!
Part poem, part silent stage, this luminous picture book puts autumn on display and captures the spirit of change that stays with us long after fall leaves. Unlock the secrets of this busy and beautiful time of year as the natural world makes way for winter.
About the Author
Loretta Holland makes her homeandnbsp;near the Nantahala National Forest, where she has spent many fall days in the woods with friends and family. She lives in Franklin, NC.
Elly MacKay is a paper artist living in Owen Sound, Ontario, with her husband and two children. Visit ellymackay.com to learn more.