Leaves! Leaves! Leaves!

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Join Mama and Buddy Bear’s stroll through the seasons as they examine the development of leaves on their favorite trees. In early spring, Buddy wonders when the leaves will emerge from their buds and blossom into the wonderful shapes he and Mama like to collect in the summer months. Mama, a treasure trove of tree facts, shares Buddy’s love of leaves and encourages him to use his eyes and hands to explore how a tree produces, maintains, and then sheds its foliage. With a wealth of information tucked into an ...

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Overview

Join Mama and Buddy Bear’s stroll through the seasons as they examine the development of leaves on their favorite trees. In early spring, Buddy wonders when the leaves will emerge from their buds and blossom into the wonderful shapes he and Mama like to collect in the summer months. Mama, a treasure trove of tree facts, shares Buddy’s love of leaves and encourages him to use his eyes and hands to explore how a tree produces, maintains, and then sheds its foliage. With a wealth of information tucked into an engaging story, this informational picture book is a perfect pick for classroom investigations or story time.

During the four seasons of the year Buddy Bear and his mother go "leaf walking" and discover a lot of interesting things about leaves.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
After exploring an orchard in Apples, Apples, Apples! and the life of the Halloween squash in Pumpkin Day!, Nancy Elizabeth Wallace takes readers through a leaf's life cycle in Leaves! Leaves! Leaves! as Buddy Bear and his Mama take a leaf walk each season to observe the changes from spring buds to the bare limbs of winter. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Mama and Buddy Bear explore leaves over four seasons, looking first at the unfurled buds, then at the big green summer leaves, then at autumn's colors and finally at winter and a lack of leaves. "The leaves are sleeping," Mama tells Buddy. In the course of exploration, the pair looks at the shapes of leaves, their parts (blade, veins, and stems), as well as the more difficult concept of use of the leaves' color. "They're green because of chlorophyll ... Chlorophyll helps the leaves turn the sunlight and the rain and part of the air and nutrients from the soil into food for the plant." My complaint with this book is that even though photosynthesis is well explained, I think it is still too complex for the young readers who will appreciate the cute Mama and Buddy format. Or perhaps, the pictures are too young for the story. Also, readers won't be pulled into the plot. Still, the writing is clear, and the collage paper-cuttings of Mama and Buddy in autumn are especially beautiful. The book packs a lot of leaf information into a few pages, which should be useful to teachers and highly motivated young naturalists. Back pages include a diagram of Leaves: A Food Factory, and Rub-a-Leaf activity. 2003, Marshall Cavendish, Hansen
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-As in Apples, Apples, Apples (Winslow, 2000) and Pumpkin Day (Marshall Cavendish, 2002), Wallace successfully blends fiction and nonfiction, art and informational text. Buddy Bear and his mama go on leaf walks during the different seasons of the year. They observe, collect, and examine leaves and trees in various stages of their annual cycles. During these excursions, the little bear asks probing questions and his mother answers using clever analogies and other techniques of a gifted teacher. The cub's lively curiosity will be contagious to readers and his playful riddles add to the enjoyment. The final pages and endpapers include a diagram of a tree, suggestions for a leaf-rubbing activity, and an identification chart. Wallace's signature cut-paper collages of animal characters against simple backgrounds work well, since the flat look is particularly appropriate for the subject matter. This will be a welcome addition to any collection in the autumn months when a demand for these books is high and, considering the scope of the text, it works well year-round.-Rachel G. Payne, New York Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761453796
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 207,758
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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