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Leif is a leaf. A worried leaf. It is autumn, and Leif is afraid to fall. “All leaves fall in the fall,” say the other leaves. But Leif is determined to find a different way down, and with his friend Laurel, he uses the resources around him to create a net, a kite, a parachute in hopes of softening his landing. The clock is ticking, the wind is blowing. What will happen when a gust of wind pulls Leif from his branch?
I received a copy of this picture book from Dial Books in exchange for an honest review. Allison Sweet Grant and Adam Grant have written a fun fall-themed story with an important message of growth mindset and trying something new. The story follows a leaf named Leif who knows that it will soon be time to fall. Leif is frightened of this idea so he asks his friend Laurel to help him come up with a fall-proof plan. Together, they try securing themselves to a branch, making a swing, a trampoline, and a kite. In the end, nothing works, or does it? I love stories that teach readers the importance of trying something new, even if it doesn’t work the first time. So often, children feel like they need to do something perfectly the first time. This book gently reminds them that it is okay to make mistakes. The illustrations by Merrilee Liddiard are whimsical and filled with movement and detail. I loved that she created each leaf to look slightly different. This is a wonderful growth mindset story that children and adults can learn from.
Ages 5 and up
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