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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (Aug. 16 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399246363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399246364
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 1 x 21.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #296,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Starred Review. Stein's (Cowboy Ned and Andy) pen-and-ink illustrations conjure a place readers will wish they could visit, a tiny island that pokes up out of a bay. Drawn in mossy greens and golds, the island is home to a very young bear—so young that when the leaves start falling in the autumn, he's a little shocked: He tried to catch them and put them back on... but it was not the same. The bear doesn't despair; he grows sleepy, goes off to hibernate and wakes in the spring. This set of events is depicted in a series of panels trained on the entrance to the bear's den; the single tree above it loses its leaves, is blanketed by snow, and receives visits first by a rabbit and then by a pair of cardinals.) Eventually the bear sticks his head back out to greet the spring sunshine and spies the tiny buds on the trees. 'Welcome!' he cried. And, he thought, the leaves welcomed him. Many things contribute to the success of Stein's tale: the joyously colored panels that hang on the pages like paintings—more intimate, somehow, than double-page spreads—the island's eight trees and their leaves, which seem lively and animate and entirely worthy of friendship; the innocence of the bear; and Stein's willingness to let the story assume its own haiku-like shape. His autumnal pictures seem to glow, while the bear himself has the irresistible appeal of a well-loved toy. All ages. (Aug.)
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*Starred Review* To Bear, in his first year, everything is new. He lives on a tiny island with a few trees, flowers, berries, and butterflies, and he dances with joy — until he sees a leaf fall to the ground. He wonders, "Are you okay?" More leaves fall. "He tried to catch them and put them back on . . . but it was not the same." As he watches the leaves fall and blanket the ground, he grows sleepy, finds a cave-like hole, fills it with leaves, and burrows into it to sleep away the winter. In spring, he joyfully welcomes the tiny leaves unfolding on the trees. The narrative works seamlessly with the freewheeling, expressive artwork. Created with bamboo pen, the energetic, sensitive drawings are tinted with subtle shades of color. Just as Stein uses white space effectively in the art, he uses "white space" well in the spare, precise text, leaving some details for children to notice in the pictures alone, such as how the leaves have been stuck back on the trees by spearing them onto the living twigs. Teachers will find this picture book a natural for curriculum units on leaves or hibernation, and children will enjoy seeing fall anew through the eyes of a big-hearted character more innocent than themselves. Wonderfully simple and simply wonderful for sharing with children. Phelan, Carolyn

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I love this book. It is so simple and beautiful.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa41582d0) out of 5 stars 32 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa42b0e4c) out of 5 stars Sentimental and sweet Sept. 25 2007
By V. C. Callan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Through the eyes of a young bear, David Ezra Stein captures the bittersweet feelings of autumn. With the heart and vocabulary that a toddler will understand, the bear expresses wonder and concern for the falling leaves. It is a simple story, beautifully written and illustrated, that my 3 year old begs to hear over and over.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa42b0ea0) out of 5 stars Exquisite! March 6 2009
By Epictetus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I Love this book, and wish I could give it a hundred stars. The illustrations capture the rich colors of autumn and the emotions of a new little bear who has never seen the leaves fall. Best of all it was so true to childhood and a little boy I once knew who wanted to put the leaves back on the trees and was joyful when he discovered that the leaves came back. To read this book is to experience the wonder of childhood the way a child does. Take a bow, David Ezra Stein.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa42b32f4) out of 5 stars A whimsical story of seasonal changes will delight the very young. Nov. 4 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
David Ezra Stein's LEAVES tells of a young bear who has never seen leaves fall off a tree before. Should be try to put them back, or use them as bedding? Leaves are falling all over his island: what should he do? A whimsical story of seasonal changes will delight the very young.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa42b36b4) out of 5 stars cute, but also boring Jan. 13 2014
By Bee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
I bought this book to read to my son for fall.
The reviews were pretty positive, but I find it pretty boring.
He is also absolutely not impressed, he is not interested in this story.
He is 2,5 yrs.
Maybe nice to read it at the library instead of buying it.
HASH(0xa42b3660) out of 5 stars Endearing and Powerful March 19 2012
By Ohioan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a book in which a young bear cub frolics through his first year of life, but then notices -- the leaves are beginning to fall! He tries sticking them back on the tree, but that's not satisfying. He ponders what else to do, but as he ponders he grows sleepy, so he gathers up the leaves, carries them into a cave, and goes to sleep. When he awakes, the now-bigger bear sees leaf buds on the trees. He welcomes them and feels they welcome him. A very short text with beautiful illustrations and a powerful message: there is a cycle to life, and satisfaction comes from living in tune with nature.


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