Look What I Did with a Leaf!

Overview

Sohi gives careful directions on how to choose leaves for shapes and color, how to arrange them in animal forms, or natural scenes, and how to preserve the finished work of art. An American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists." Full-color leaf collages.

Provides examples of different kinds of animals that can be made out of leaves and suggests various uses for the finished product.

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Overview

Sohi gives careful directions on how to choose leaves for shapes and color, how to arrange them in animal forms, or natural scenes, and how to preserve the finished work of art. An American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists." Full-color leaf collages.

Provides examples of different kinds of animals that can be made out of leaves and suggests various uses for the finished product.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This unusual look at the natural world explains how to create fanciful animals from leaves. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Kids learn to collect and prepare leaves as the basic material for animal constructions. The book also offers tips on using the leaf animals as ornaments, placemats or stationery and includes informative, non-intrusive sections on the life cycle and identification of leaves. A great guide to focusing on what's around you.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
A book that offers fun projects that can be used in conjunction with science classes or outdoor family treks. For example, kids can create pictures of animals using various kinds and sizes of leaves. The directions are clear and so are the bright and cheery illustrations. An American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists" and a CCBC Choices selection.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-A unique combination of nature craft, art theory, and field guide, attractively packaged. The bulk of the book is an enjoyable album of collage animals cleverly and realistically formed out of leaves in an array of sizes, shapes, and autumnal colors. Each white page is graced by a single easily identifiable creature, among the most striking a butterfly, a cow, and a peacock. In a conversational tone with rich vocabulary, the text discusses considerations in creating the projects and encourages a variety of texture and effect through the use of color, contrast, shape, and size. ``Art Notes'' provide tidbits of peripheral advice for simplifying the projects. The book concludes with step-by-step how-to information for readers to assemble their own masterpieces, an explanation and diagram of the life cycle of a leaf, and a simple field guide that identifies the samples used in the models. Well written, uniquely illustrated, and inspiring, this will work beautifully with a science lesson that includes an outdoor trek and art project.-Valerie Lennox, Jacksonville Public Library, FL
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“A unique combination of nature craft, art theory, and field guide. . . . Well written, uniquely illustrated, and inspiring.”—School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802774408
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Series: Naturecraft Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 283,262
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.96 (w) x 8.79 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Morteza E. Sohi has illustrated and designed many books for children published in his native Iran. Look What I Did with a Leaf!, his first book to be published in the United States was a best-seller with nearly 200,000 copies sold. He is also author of Look What I Did with a Shell!

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Great for young children & adults alike

    I am a Pre-K teacher and it was unfortunate that I came upon this book after Fall was pretty much over. This would have been a great activity to assign for homework and it would look beautiful posted in the classroom. I recommend this for teachers to either assign as a homework project or even for a classroom project. I also recommend it for parents because it's a nice activity to share with your children. And if you're an adult looking for a Fall hobby, why not try this out?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2009

    Awesome support of plant life cycle science unit

    I used this book as a culminating project for my 2nd grade students. They spent a week collecting leaves and at the end of the week they created their own leaf critters. It was creative and fun. I was amazed at how well their animals turned out. Having the book to inspire their ideas really helped before they began their leaf collection as well as while they were creating their critters. I would suggest having animal photos available to students during the creation process to help guide them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2005

    Great book!

    We went to a local nature center who used this book to make art with the children, and it was awesome. Even the adults had a lot of fun with it. It contains some very clever artwork with leaves.

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