It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Monica Wellington’s books. The first book I found by chance in a bookstore. It was Apple Farmer Annie which is still one of my all-time favorite picture books. I had the opportunity to interview Monica when Colors for Zena was released. So you can imagine how excited I was when I discovered yesterday her publisher had sent me a copy of her brand new book! Let me introduce you to MY LEAF BOOK.
MY LEAF BOOK is the sweet tale of a young girl who goes to an arboretum to collect leaves in the fall. She discovers leaves of various shapes and colors and puts them into her leaf book.
The book is full of Monica’s unique style. The colors are vibrant and the illustrations leap off the page.
The book is also full of learning opportunities that include recognizing characteristics that are helpful in identifying certain types of leaves. Several of the pages include educational information in small sidebars that the parent or teacher can bring up while reading the book aloud. (You can see one below in the lower right corner of the page.)
Children are introduced to a wide variety of trees including the honey locust, ginkgo, sweet gum, birch, willow, cherry, sassafras and more. Monica makes the leaf shapes memorable by showing how they resemble certain shapes a child would already be familiar with (such as a star or mitten).
Although the book is written for ages 3-5, I think most children in early elementary would enjoy it. Caroline is almost nine and she spent quite a bit of time pouring over the illustrations (as well as proclaiming the darlingness of the little girl’s dog! LOL!).
Another lovely educational book from Monica Wellington! And don’t miss the related craft I developed: Colorful Leaves Fall Craft.
Title: MY LEAF BOOK
Author: Monica Wellington
Publisher: Penguin Random House