Leaf Man

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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, ...

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Overview

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.

Includes an author's note and leaf-identifying labels.

A man made of leaves blows away, traveling wherever the wind may take him.

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Editorial Reviews

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Celebrate nature with the story of Leaf Man, a protagonist ingeniously crafted from acorns for eyes and a strategically arranged pile of real autumn leaves for his body. When Leaf Man disappears in the wind one day, readers follow his trail "past the chickens, toward the marsh, over the ducks and geese," which are all amazingly configured from leaf collages too. A fall foliage tour geared to little ones, this journey will open kids' eyes to the magic to be found in the natural world. (ages 4 to 6)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2005
Publishers Weekly
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.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Leaf Man introduces a natural kind of guy, with acorn eyes and a maple-leaf head. One brisk day, Leaf Man decides to lift off from his yard home and fly wherever the wind takes him, over orchards, meadows and lakes. What might he see? A squirrel, fish, butterflies and birds—all made of leaves. Acclaimed author/illustrator Lois Ehlert brings to life an amazing world in this innovative picture. The minimalist text invites children to imagine the wanderings of Leaf Man, and the stunning artwork may inspire them to create their own characters from leaves and other natural materials. 2005, Harcourt, Ages 1 to 4.
—Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Ehlert combines vivid collage artwork, effulgent colors, and an inventive design to create an eye-catching picture book. With a body made of fallen leaves and acorns for eyes, Leaf Man takes off from a backyard and flutters away on the breeze, meandering past animals, over fields of fall vegetables, above waterways, and across prairie meadows. The text suggests a range of possible destinations, along with the refrain, "Well, a Leaf Man's got to go where the wind blows." Finally, readers are encouraged to listen for "a rustle in the leaves" and maybe find a Leaf Man of their own to take home. From ducks to pumpkins to fish, all of the objects described are fashioned out of life-size leaves of various shapes, sizes, and hues and set against backgrounds of textured paper. The die-cut pages curve and bend across the top edge, suggesting undulating mountains set against a sky-blue backdrop. The various leaves and seeds are identified on the endpapers. While the story is simple, the artwork is dazzling, and the book's concept will inspire nature walks, art projects, and curiosity about the changing seasons.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Ehlert's vision and invention do not fail in this clever look at leaves in all their fall glory. "A Leaf Man's got to go where the wind blows" is the refrain, beginning with a recumbent figure made of leaves, with acorns for eyes and a sweet-gum mouth. Ehlert makes all of these marvelous pictures with color photocopies of leaves: the chickens, the fields of pumpkins and squash, the cows and the fish in the lakes that Leaf Man passes over. She further enhances the textured-and-painted-paper background by die-cut edges on the tops of most of the oversized double-paged spreads featuring scalloped rolling hills, pinked sheared meadows and curved rivers. Leaf Man makes his journey, ending in a tumble of leaves with potential for another figure. Beguiled young readers and listeners will be further entranced by the endpapers where Ehlert names the leaves (different on front and back) and the dust jacket where she identifies unknown leaves by place of origin. Excellent to read aloud and to look at many times over. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152053048
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 82,889
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 310L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.18 (w) x 12.24 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

LOIS EHLERT has created many picture books, including Leaf Man, Pie in the Sky, In My World, Growing Vegetable Soup, Planting a Rainbow, and the bestselling Waiting for Wings. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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  • Posted December 6, 2010

    Who would have thought leaves could be art!?

    I never thought leaves could be so appealing! The leaf images really help to capture the authors story which is one about the leaves blowing through a farm and along the way learning about the animals who live there. Also, the book shows the different directions the leaves travel when blown in the wind. This is a wonderful book to read to students who are learning about fall and their colors. It is also a fun way to show your children or students what creativity can do and what you can use to express your creativity through the art of nature.

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  • Posted October 23, 2010

    Fall Friends

    This is a great book for younger children learning their animals, action words, directions,etc. The images really help to capture the authors story. She takes the reader on an adventure with the leaves through the farm. Along the way learning about the animals who live there and the different direction teh leaves travel when blown in the wind.

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  • Posted November 28, 2009

    Loved it

    I teach 3rd and 4th grade Special Education students. My students loved the book. They were able to create their own Leaf Child and write an adventure. They collected the leaves and were thrilled to give their Leaf Child life in their imagination.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2009

    Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

    This is a wonderful book to read to primary students who are learning about fall, fall colors, and different types of leaves. It also helps when identifying shapes.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

    GReat book to use at school.

    There is a site if you search to find a worksheet to make your own leaf man or whatever character you want.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2008

    Student in Children's Literature

    This is a fantastic book. It is fun, colorful, and educational.It is a wonderful excuse for the reader to play outdoors in the leaves and also to learn about them. The pictures are beautiful and the pages are all unique. I love how Lois Ehlert made different animals out of the leaves. It is easy to understand and can be read to almost every age group. I would absolutely recommend this book to any child.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2005

    Wonderfully written and illustrated

    This book is a delight to read and the artwork is very creative and colorful. My 7 year old loved finding the shapes and designs within the leaf prints. This book has well written text as well. Fun to read to or with your child(ren).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2005

    Super fall story!

    I am an elementary school librarian and purchased this book to use as part of a fall unit with Kindergarten and first grade students and I can't tell who loves it more-the students or me! This is a fun story to read and easily ties in to other fall activities. Another great book by Ehlert!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2005

    Great Autumn Book!

    This is a delightful autumn story that elementary children and adults will love if they cherish the season of autumn as much as I do. The colors are very vivid and the page layout and design is very creative. Each page is cut and sized differently. I cannot wait to share this story with my students this school year!

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