Children's LiteratureA little girl has a blast with what looks like hundreds of fallen leaves in this adorable book. After raking the leaves into a pile, she may dance in them or dig in them. As the pages are turned, the reader never knows what she is going to do next. The text falls into a simple pattern that takes advantage of repetition with most sentences in the following format: "I [verb] the leaves." The illustrations themselves are unique; even the appropriately earthy colors used for the leaves and backgrounds, including the girl, who has a sense of darkness about her with black hair, large, brown eyes, and a sweater reminiscent of a blue fall sky before winter sets in. At the end of the story is a list of words used, all of which are one-syllable. This is not only a good book for children to practice reading, it is also sure to give them ideas for new ways to take advantage of the changing of the seasons. This title is a level A, Emergent Reader within the "A Rookie Reader" series. 2004, Scholastic, Ages 3 to 6.
Cherie Ilg Haas