My Leaf Book is the story of a young leaf collector who visits an arboretum ablaze with rich autumn colors. As she travels through the arboretum she discovers how different each tree's leaves are. From ginkgo to sassafras, oak to poplar, she learns that leaves come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and each has special and unique markings that help identify them. Plus, there are so many things to do with the leaves, especially make a Leaf Book!
Has your young reader ever picked up a beautiful or striking leaf and wondered what kind of tree is came from? Reading My Leaf Book will help young readers identify leaves and trees through its vibrant collaged illustrations. Not only is this a fun story about the little girl's autumn adventure, but scattered throughout the pages are fun facts to help young readers become tree experts. Don't be surprised if your next neighborhood walk turns into a leaf identification expedition!
Maple is a book about the friendship between two maples, Maple the girl and her maple tree. Throughout the seasons Maple and her tree entertain each other with snowballs, games of make-believe, and quiet times of simply enjoying each other's company . Maple sees the joy and happiness that comes from a good friendship. Caring for her tree prepares her for the important job of being a big sister and, like any good sister, she shares her special friend with the new baby.
In day to day life it is easy to pass tress without really seeing them. But without being sappy (ha ha), Maple reminds us to pause and appreciate the friendship that trees offer.
The pages of Lori Nicols's book are brought to life with whimsical, child-friendly illustrations that perfectly capture the simple happiness of childhood. Especially vivid are the maple tree's leaves that seem to glow and dance above Maple's play. The tree is just as much a character as Maple is, and will inspire young readers to find a tree friend of their own!
Although The Carrot Seed was originally published in 1945, the allure of playing in the dirt is still the same for kids today as it was then. The fascination of growing things, of exploring leaves and sticks, discovering what's under a rock, and the timeless attraction to mud sparks the imagination in a way not possible in indoor play.
I have such vivid memories of outdoor imaginative play, whether it was creating fairy salads from a variety of weeds or a muddy witch's brew in a large flower pot, or like the hero of The Carrot Seed, waiting and watching for the first green sprout of a seed. What are your outdoor memories?
1/4 cup breadcrumbs, plus more for coating croquettes
1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
parsley or lettuce, for carrots tops
Steam or boil carrots until tender; drain.
Roughly mash carrots. They do not have to be silky smooth, just mashed enough so that no large chunks remain. A fun was to do this (especially for kids) is to place about 1/2 cup cooked carrots at a time on a cutting board and press with the back of a fork.
Place mashed carrots in a medium mixing bowl. Add egg white, 1/4 cup breadcrumbs, salt, cinnamon, cumin, and garlic powder and stir until well combined.
Place additional breadcrumbs on a plate. Form carrot mixture into 4 carrot-shaped croquettes. Roll in breadcrumbs.
Heat a skillet over medium-low heat and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place croquettes in skillet and cook about 6 minutes, rotating a quarter turn every 90 seconds or until lightly golden brown.
Place some parsley or a piece of lettuce in the top of each croquette and serve!
As much as we love October, we have to admit there is something extra special about the time between Halloween and Thanksgiving. All of the ghosts and jack-o-lanterns are packed away, and we have a few turkeys set out, but this particular time seems more focused on the beauty of the changing leaves, the special autumn glow of the sun, and the beginning anticipations of the holiday season to come. The hustle and bustle of the holidays is right around the corner, so take this time to enjoy kicking through the leaves and reading good books with your young reader.
The Little Yellow Leaf
is a quiet book that upon first glance may seem deceptively simple but once you begin the story you will be quickly captivated by the little yellow leaf that is hesitant to follow his friends and leave the familiar surroundings of its branch and float to the ground below. Repeatedly the little leaf thinks, “I’m not ready yet,” or “Not yet, not yet,” as he watches all the signs of fall appear and then winter begin to set in. The little leaf feels very alone until something surprising happens to make the change seem not so scary.
As equally captivating as the story, the illustrations will draw you back again and again as each page reveals collages done in graph paper, notebook paper, old receipts, and even newspaper, but crafted so beautifully that your eye will not initially recognize the individual raw materials, but only see the autumn landscape.
The Little Yellow Leaf is a true autumn classic that is sure to become a perennial favorite.
Trees are the perfect childhood friends. How many summer days are spent playing in the shade of a tree? Or fall afternoons spent tramping in the the fallen leaves? In imaginative play, tree can be almost anything, from houses to spaceships, as well as base in a game of tag or the perfect place to climb. Although we sometimes take them for granted, this week's book helps us to take a few quiet moments to celebrate the many gifts that trees give us!
A Tree is Nice
by Janice May Udry illustrated by Marc Simont
Winner of the 1957 Caldecott Medal, A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry is a timeless classic that has a feel that is both vintage and contemporary at the same time. Gently proclaiming a deep appreciation of the beauty and virtues of trees, the text is simple yet expressive and has a calming rhythm that entices readers in for factual reasons to love trees.
Gorgeous illustrations by Mr. Simont are perfectly matched to the poetic text, alternating between soft, lush watercolors and black and white illustrations that are quiet but never stark and cold. Simplistic but never dull, A Tree Is Nice compels readers to go for a walk and take the time to notice and appreciate the beauty of the trees that surrounds us.
Bark rubbings and leaf rubbings are autumn activities that never get old. No matter the age of the artist, making these fall favorites seems to usher in the season of crisp weather, shorter days, and the excitement of the quickly approaching Halloween season. We decided to expand on the basic rubbings in order to further engage in the spirit of our book of the week. So get out the paper, crayons and scissors and get ready to create a little autumn magic.
Why We Like It
Fun activity for developing observational skills by discussing the size, shape, texture, and colors of the leaves.
Great way to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and make some fun art.
Crayon Rubbing Autumn Tree
What You Will Need
Crayons – wrappers removed
Leaves – fresh are best
How To Do It
Hold a sheet of paper on the trunk of a tree and, using the side of a crayon, gently rub the crayon over the entire sheet of paper to get a bark rubbing.
Collect several autumn leaves. Place 1 leaf on a flat surface, textured side up, and lay another sheet of white paper on top of the leaf. Using the flat side of a crayon, gently but firmly rub across the leaf to make the image of the leaf appear. Repeat until you have several leaf rubbings.
Cut a vertical section of paper from the bark rubbing to use as your tree trunk. Cut the remaining bark rubbing into strips to use as tree branches.
Cut out the leaf rubbings individually.
Glue the branches to the trunk and attach leaves.
Lay flat to dry.
Leaves and Twigs Snack Mix
With dried cranberries and golden raisins in the colors of fall leaves, pretzels sticks reminding us of the shape and crunch of twigs, and flavored with two delicious gifts from trees, this is the perfect snack to enjoy on a beautiful autumn day while sitting under your favorite tree.
Snack mixes are perfect for kids because they are portable, not messy, and easily customizable to picky eaters!