by David Ezra Stein

What it's about
A simple but absolutely adorable book about a little bear who lives happily on a small island--"a place readers will wish they could visit" (PW) --but during his first autumn season, he sees leaves falling from the trees and is confused. He asks the trees "Are you okay?" and even tries to put the leaves back on, but it's not working. As he ponders the situation, he grows increasingly sleepy and before long he's hibernating through winter. When he awakens, he is delighted to see new spring leaves unfolding on the trees.
"Teachers will find this book a natural for units on leaves or hibernation, and children will enjoy seeing fall anew through the eyes of a big- hearted character more innocent than themselves." (Booklist, starred)

Reading levels
Interest Level: PreS-Gr. 1      DRA Level: n/a 
Difficulty Level: age 4-8         Lexile Measure: n/a  
Guided Rdg Level: n/a          Grade Level Equiv:  2.2

Leaves by Stein

-Ezra Jack Keats Award 2008
-School Library Journal Best Book
-Publ Wkly Best Book of the Year
-Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice
-Avg Amazon Review:
4.5 stars (8 total)

Inside Leaves by David Ezra Stein

Stein's illustrations are so charming and endearing that we guarantee that children (and adults) will take to this book on the first reading! :)


            Related Activity

Most teachers/parents know about tissue paper fall crafts, but that doesn't mean it's "old news" for kids. They LOVE it!  Here's one write up of that activity (in case you are unfamiliar with it).  This is a fun activity to do after reading this cute, simple story about fall.

Leaves by David Ezra Stein activity

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