Autumn Leaves

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Bright, crisp photos fill this book of natural science for the young. Ken Robbins departs from his signature hand-tinted photography to present preschoolers with a sharp, close-up look at 13 types of trees ablaze with color. Full color.

Examines the characteristics of different types of leaves and explains how and why they change colors in the autumn.

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Overview

Bright, crisp photos fill this book of natural science for the young. Ken Robbins departs from his signature hand-tinted photography to present preschoolers with a sharp, close-up look at 13 types of trees ablaze with color. Full color.

Examines the characteristics of different types of leaves and explains how and why they change colors in the autumn.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Robbins's (the Elements series) striking photo-essay will prove indispensable for fall nature walks. In effect, it is an album of autumn leaves, shown life-size and in their changing colors; Robbins has veered from his characteristic medium of tinted photographs and instead transmitted these photos as is, making his subjects as recognizable as possible. On most double spreads, silhouette photographs in pristine focus share white space with a photograph of the tree from which the leaves actually come (birch, gingko, linden, sassafras, etc.), sun-dappled and situated in splendid natural landscapes. (It would have been helpful had the author specified general geographic regions.) Some of the leaves are not perfect, e.g., shown with holes gnawed by insects, which adds an endearing touch. The accompanying text is simply worded and informative: "All leaves have veins. The veins of some leaves are quite easy to see." The last page offers a short explanation of photosynthesis, employing correct scientific terms for the chemicals that make the leaves turn colors, i.e., chlorophyll and anthocyanin. Robbins's work demonstrates his careful observation and reverence for nature. The clarity of the format will prove both a joy for young students and a boon for teachers. Ages 2-5. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
The splendor of autumn is displayed in brilliantly colored photographs and the mystery of autumn is simply explained by the author/photographer of this excellent book. Thirteen trees from various sections of the country are closely examined. The photographs exhibit the intriguing shapes of the leaves. The leaves of the smoke tree resemble paddles, while those of the linden tree are shaped like hearts. The gingko tree has fan-like leaves which, in prehistoric times, were eaten by dinosaurs. Some leaves of the sassafras tree look like mittens and the leaves of the sweet gum tree are shaped like stars. Why do the green leaves of summer change color and why do the colors vary? A one-page explanation at the end of the book answers such questions. The book is written for young children, but older readers will appreciate the clear text and the photographs of nature's autumnal blaze of color as well.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Observe "...carefully and see what you see...." advises Robbins in this celebration of the autumnal world. Beginning with an introduction to the wide variety of leaves to be seen, the author then presents a baker's dozen of trees and their fall-colored leaves from the rarer smoke tree, through the sassafras and yellow poplar, to the more common maples. Each variety is accompanied by a life-size, full-color photograph of one or more leaves on one page, with a photograph of the tree or some of its branches facing it. One or two simple sentences give a description or a snippet of information. About sassafras leaves, children are told, "Some even look like mittens," while fern leaf beech leaves, when dry "...look like question marks." A page on photosynthesis, the chemicals that give the leaves their colors, and the processes involved in a leaf's dying complete the attractive package. Eye-catching, crisp, colorful, and sure to be enjoyed-much as the vivid leaves themselves.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Leaf identification books can be baffling to preschoolers collecting autumn leaves; whether the books feature minute silhouettes of trees and leaves, or full-blown full-color photographs of summer greens, they rarely display what a leaf looks like come fall. Robbins (Rodeo, 1996, etc.) offers an artful leaf sampling that is the exact opposite of those frustrating manuals; here the leaves are photographed in actual size and dressed in their autumn hues. The trees shown are representative of the continental US; some, such as the hickory and red oak, grow wild, while others, such as the smoke tree, are ornamental. Each entry includes elegantly displayed leaves along with a scene of those leaves on the tree. Robbins includes a comparison of leaf characteristics (jagged edge, shiny surface, etc.) and a simplified explanation of photosynthesis. The book ends, fittingly, with an uncaptioned picture of a leafless tree; under its bough is a big pile of leaves. (Picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590298797
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2001

    not a bad title.

    my 6 month old daughters name is Autumn and I gave birth to her in september so her name fits her well, and this book is perfect for her to better understand the reason why her father and i gave her that name. Kellee

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2000

    Great for lower elementary children

    I borrowed this book from the library, and liked it so much that I'm buying two for each of my boys teachers.

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