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A Leaf Can Be . . . (Millbrook Picture Books) Hardcover – February 1, 2012


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  • Lexile Measure: 170L (What's this?)
  • Series: Millbrook Picture Books
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Millbrook Press (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761362037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761362036
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 90 poetry and nonfiction books for kids. Her titles include Bookspeak!: Poems about Books and Stampede!: Poems to Celebrate the Wild Side of School. Laura knows leaves can be many things. She has turned them into umbrellas, Barbie clothes, love notes, tiaras, fans, and artwork. She lives with her family in Minnesota and watches the leaves change throughout the seasons.

More About the Author

Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 100 books for kids and teens, including BOOKSPEAK! POEMS ABOUT BOOKS (Minnesota Book Award, NCTE Notable, Bank Street Best Books, Eureka! Gold Medal, and more), STAMPEDE! POEMS TO CELEBRATE THE WILD SIDE OF SCHOOL (Finalist, Minnesota Book Award), and A LEAF CAN BE... (Bank Street Best Books, IRA Teachers' Choice, NCTE Notable Children's Book, Riverby Award for Nature Books for Young Readers, and more). She loves to introduce kids to poetry and help them find poems they can relate to, no matter what their age, mood, and personality. She has also written numerous nonfiction books. See more about Laura and her work at www.laurasalas.com.

Besides reading and writing, Laura loves going on adventures, working out, playing games, singing (badly--at home), and doing Rock Band.

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I am just in awe of the experience my children have at reading this book.
Amyrjoy
Kids will love all the connections she makes, and they will continue to make more with the natural world around them.
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Irresistible illustrations and lyrical rhyming text take readers on a beautiful journey.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sue Morris from Kid Lit Reviews on April 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Rhyming text and illustrations explore some of the many things a leaf can be, from tree topper to rain stopper. Includes facts about leafs and a glossary.

A leaf is a leaf--
A bit of a tree.
But just try to guess
What else it can be!

This book, A Leaf Can Be . . . is a feast for your eyes. Astonishingly beautiful seen on a computer, I can only imagine what this book looks like in print. Told in rhyming text and illustrations that need each other to work as wonderfully as they do in A Leaf Can Be . . . The author and illustrator explore the role of leaves from the viewpoint of all four seasons. From spring and summer, when the days are warm and long A Leaf Can Be . . . an air cleaner, Earth greener. This is my favorite couplet. The illustrations should be on every Earth Day poster. These four words and two illustrations say mouthfuls about pollution and the need for green spaces. From autumn to winter and cold, short days, A Leaf Can Be . . . a wind rider, lake glider.

One interesting thing I noticed about A Leaf Can Be . . . it is an example of how small the world is or how connected the world has become. The author, Laura Purdie Salas makes her home in Minnesota. The illustrator, Violeta Dabija has her home in Moldova. That's approximately 5,180 miles apart and they made a great collaboration.

From biology to zoology, teachers can find many lesson subjects. Just the leaf is a great lesson, as the author and illustrator have shown in their book. A section called More about Leaves, and a explain in their glossary, explain job a leaf performs in this book., such as the water ladle and the moth matcher. There is also a list of references in the back. The number of discussions this book could trigger is endless.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Schonbek on March 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Three for the text.

Composite score: four - a very good children's book.

Violeta Dabija's luminous images are what make this book. They seem almost to glow with a magical and ethereal light. The colors are rich, evocative, and engaging. Kids will be captivated, drawn in, and their imaginations will soar.

I particularly like Dabija's birds, of which there are many, this being a book about leaves, and leaves being attached to trees. And her two little red foxes are exceedingly delightful.

Laura Salas' text, however, isn't nearly at the same standard.

The rhyming seems at times contrived and artificial. For instance the books starts out, "A leaf can be a... Soft cradle, water ladle". The illustration for water ladle shows a charming sheep lapping liquid that has collected in a leaf. In the helpful "More About Leaves" section at the end of the book we learn, "Leaves' shape makes them perfect for holding dew or rainwater". But that's more about being a bowl or a cup than a ladle...

And, what's a kid to make of such concepts as "skin welter", "snake concealer", and "pile grower", all having to do with leaves?

Nevertheless, the pictures carry the day. The result is a book you won't mind reading over and over again. To your children, that is...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vida Zuljevic on January 26, 2014
Format: Hardcover
A Leaf Can Be by Laura Purdie Salas is a beautifully illustrated poetic compliment to nature and its beauty, specifically to leaves that have many important roles in life, such as being an “air filler, sun catcher, mouth feeder, water ladle, or earth warmer…”
Loaded with excellent poetic language and with descriptions of words used to explain roles of leaves, this book is an excellent example of a happy combination of fiction and non-fiction that children will for sure enjoy reading and rereading for joy of hearing this beautiful language and also for learning facts about the many roles leaves have in real life. This book will surely be an excellent addition to any public, school, or home library.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JKammer on January 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful! The beautiful illustrations go perfectly with the text. I previewed this book on NetGalley and I can't wait to share this book with children. I loved both the illustrations and the text.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Quicksilver on February 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
loved every leaf edge
the taste of chlorophyll
the fresh scent and the humor
of every twist!
An ageless symphony!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amyrjoy on February 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is a true treasure...from the exquisite illustrations to the poetic words adorning each page. Such a challenge at times to find a book showing science in an inviting way, but this book accomplishes what I want as a homeschool mom and more! Each page is an invitation to more information, a new way to think about a leaf, and an image to investigate. A child can see more than the jobs of a leaf..they see nature at work, seasons changing, art in brilliant color. I am just in awe of the experience my children have at reading this book. It truly is a gem!
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Format: Kindle Edition
Irresistible illustrations and lyrical rhyming text take readers on a beautiful journey. Even parents will learn something new and will want to read it again and again with the children they love.
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By Nancy I. Sanders on November 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Oh my...coming from the country, I love any book about nature and this one offers a magical and delightful exploration of leaves. I love leaves and now I can't wait to read this book to my grandchildren! The rhyming text combined with the glowing art make this book a winner that really touches my heart. A true treasure on my bookshelf that will be pulled down many, many times for cuddling with little ones...and then heading outside together to look at leaves!
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