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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (August 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399246363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399246364
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.4 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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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Customer Reviews

My son is 17 months and is loving fall- and reading about it!
lgh28
The story is very short and sweet, the illustrations are child-like and whimsical, and the little bear is too sweet for words.
Stephanie X. Dileonardo
To read this book is to experience the wonder of childhood the way a child does.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By V. C. Callan on September 25, 2007
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Epictetus on March 6, 2009
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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 4, 2007
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bee on January 13, 2014
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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andy J. Smith on January 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
An uncomplicated, innocent look at one of nature's quiet, reliable gifts. The text has been pared down to the essentials, leaving only eloquence. A poem-like simplicity and beauty forms the framework for David Ezra Stein's evocative, stirring illustrations. How can brown, yellow, and green watercolors that look so (wonderfully) muddy and messy never fail to enliven the senses? It's not that you feel like you've been there before... you are there. You feel the breeze push the leaves past you.
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By D. Lowery on July 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A sweet story about a bear in autumn, wondering about the falling leaves and not understanding the change in seasons. Yet he goes about his business and ulitmately finds joy in what he discovers. The artwork has an urgent, scribbled quality that lend motion to the images (e.g., the falling leaves) and a colorful fun quality--you want to jump into those leaves. Excellent for prereaders and early readers.
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By Bethany on March 14, 2014
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Great quality book. As a mom, I really enjoy children's books that are fun for kids and adults. David Ezra Stein writes and illustrates easy to read books that keep the attention of young children {and their parents}. Definitely worth owning!
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He seemed concerned for the bear when the bear was upset. The book really didn't click for me, (gammy) ... but he likes me to read it over and over and over
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