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Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf Hardcover – September 15, 1991


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1st ed edition (September 15, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152661972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152661977
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Ehlert ( Color Zoo ) uses a variety of materials--including paper, ribbons and paints--to depict the beginning of a sugar maple's life. Some time after seeds fall from a tree in the woods, nursery workers collect the slender sprouts; years later the tree is sold to a customer (the young first-person narrator of the book), taken home and carefully planted. Once again Ehlert provides a visual bounty: her pages are awash in the riotous reds and golds of autumn and the fresh, vibrant greens of new growth. There is bounteous information, too: in addition to the tree itself she includes several varieties of birds and many of the objects associated with gardening. An appendix provides further details on the biology and upkeep of trees. Less successful is the story line linking the tree to the narrator; the child remains an unseen abstraction whose utterances ("I love my tree") appear stiff and a bit forced. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-- This very striking book examines the life of a sugar maple tree from the point of view of a young child. Each spread is a visual masterpiece; Ehlert has added elements of collage and watercolored paper that lend sophistication and diversity to her ever-evolving style. Preschoolers will delight in naming objects found on each double-page spread, newly independent readers will appreciate the oversized type, and slightly older children will make use of the appendix explaining the various functions and parts of a tree, along with tips on selecting and planting one. Although the book is absolutely stunning, text and illustrations in several instances are not a perfect union. Youngsters may question the "I" in the opening narration, or wonder why seeds covered with snow are mentioned but not depicted. The cover spread is gorgeous, yet the title is not particularly apt or telling. Still, both public and school libraries will find this book popular and valuable, especially when used along with Janice Udry's A Tree Is Nice (HarperCollins, 1956) or Alvin Tresselt's The Dead Tree (Parents Magazine Pr., 1972; o.p.). --Eve Larkin, Chicago Public Library
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

LOIS EHLERT has created many picture books, including Leaf Man, Pie in the Sky, In My World, Growing Vegetable Soup, Planting a Rainbow, and the bestselling Waiting for Wings. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Customer Reviews

My students like the vibrant colors and short text.
College Mom
I used this book and others to teach in the classroom this book is an excellent book.
Val
I think that this book is a great book for children.
Holly Mace

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 1997
Format: Hardcover
My baby (10 months old) loves Lois Ehlert's vivid collages. He really enjoyed Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf with its crumpled tissue leaves and real tree tags along with charming representations of people, trucks, etc. For the adult reader, there is subtle humor in the inclusion of what look like real tags from trees, and the attribution of homesickness to the tree (just when it was getting settled in, they dug it up and took it to the garden center...). Older children just learning to read will probably get a kick out of the inclusion of "hidden words"... tiny scraps of text set right into the pictures, saying things like "bird treat" and "squirrel"... There's even a recipe for the bird treat in the back of the dust cover!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Allison L. Shaw on November 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A child recounts the life of a maple tree selected from a nursery to grow in the family's yard. Although it's narrated by a person, the natural world or plants and animals are the primary focus. Hands involved in the various stages of planting are the only human elements included in the illustrations. Taking the tree from a tiny seed in a maple key, to a young seedling, to a leafy haven for birds, to a glorious display of autumnal reds and yellows, Ehlert uses simple cut paper and textured collage against primary backgrounds to illustrate this simple story that's rich in color and love of nature. Following the story Ehlert includes simple scientific facts and illustrated information about trees as well as detailed instructions for planting a tree and making treats for the birds. An excellent addition to a fall story time or classroom science segment. Ages 3-6.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Bell on December 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is the book to use when launching your fall themes. Every fall I read this book. The children listen intently and are drawn to the bright vivid colors. They love to predict and actively participate in the word patterns. There are so many lessons that you can use from this one book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bedtime Reader on November 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
What first caught my attention, was the bright textured orange cover. Simple, but beautiful.

The illustrations are collages of real objects, leafs, and colorful paper cut outs.

The design is unique, with 2 of the pages having leaf-shaped holes on them.

The story is about a kid and his/her tree and the last 4 pages have very interesting information on trees, seeds, and even how to make a bird treat.

If your kids love trees and nature, this book is a must.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Holly Mace on January 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I think that this book is a great book for children. Not only does it tell the story of how a tree comes to be, it also has detailed pictures with captions. In the back of the book there is more detailed information on how trees grow and how to make special bird treats. This is fun for the whole family and could possibly be your childs favorite.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cady Hayden on September 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The illustrator uses vivid photographs, paper cut images, nature colors and pressed leaves to illustrate a child's description of a seed growing to a sapling. The writing consists of nice large letters and smaller typed descriptions of 'bird treat' or 'sugar maple', 'round-pointed spade' or 'downy woodpecker'. The last four pages of the book are an indepth look at leaves, buds, roots and sap, bar, seeds, etc. Great book to read to kids in the fall days. Good to use with an exercise of asking kids to go outside and each bring in something different. As you read the book to them, they will have a tactile example to go along with the pages in the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laurel on September 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must-read every autumn in our home and was purchased for us by Grandma who saw how enthusiastically one of her other grandchildren responded to it. When I surprised them with it last night at bedtime, (along with When Autumn Comes, also recommended) they hung on every word. This book is both colorful and educational and has become a "classic" seasonal book for our family. My daughters (now age 9) plan to read it to their 5-6 y/o school book-buddy this year. You can't go wrong with this selection.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Great Book for using with science experiments about autumn leaves.
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