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Why Do Leaves Change Color? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2) Hardcover – September, 1994

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Ages 5-9. In the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science Stage 2 series, this is an informative concept book that explains what happens to leaves in autumn as they change colors and then separate from the tree. Krupinski's bright gouache-and-colored pencil illustrations show a boy and a girl playing in a country landscape that changes with weather and light. There are also detailed pictures of leaves in different sizes, shapes, and colors. Maestro includes simple instructions for making a leaf rubbing and for pressing leaves, as well as suggestions for places to visit where the fall foliage is special. Hazel Rochman

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Why do leaves turn from green to gold?

It's fall! The leaves are changing color. This book explains the magical process of how leaves change their color in autumn. Also included are simple activities and places to visit so that you can enjoy the fall foliage with your family.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books; 1st edition (September 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060228733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060228736
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,222,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By P. Heaphy on May 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
I have this book in my preschool classroom, but it is not one that I read at storytime. We use it as a resource when one child begins to question how or why the leaves change color. It is a helpful resource for me as an adult to understand the process, yet in simple language and with pictures to make it interesting for children.
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I was very hopeful when I found this book, that it would answer this great question and teach science along the way.

The positives:
>It covers some good information about change of season, shorter days, cooler temps, and how this makes trees go dormant. It very briefly introduces the word chlorophyll with one (barely recognizable) cross-section diagram of a leaf.
>The illustrations are lovely, and come with descriptions of different types of leaves for different trees.

The drawbacks:
>Concepts aren't presented in very interesting manner, they are either quickly glossed over or are spread out with lots of descriptors about trees and colors over several pages (ie. repetitive, fluff, boring, sleep-inducing).
>Would have liked a more complete description of photosynthesis, with picture showing the components needed such as sunlight, chlorophyll, and how it literally means converting light into energy.
>They mention that sunny days paired with cool nights brings on the most colorful displays, but they don't say why that is (the vein of the leaves close in the cold, preventing movement of sugars out of the leaf, etc).
>Why should a tree lose it's leaf? Not only for lack of sunlight, but what about effect of freezing temperature, increase risk of damage in storms and snow. Compared to pine needles (which they do mention briefly in one paragraph) which are shaped to retain moisture, and let snow fall past so as not to cause damage.
>Most importantly, the text leaves out (no pun intended) the answer to crux of the question, why all the colors? If you pick a leaf or branch full of leaves off a tree in spring or summer, the leaves will dry up and turn brown. Why in the fall do they turn brilliant colors instead?
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I read this book with my children before we started homeschooling, and found I learned a lot myself. This would be a great book to use for homeschool science in the fall along with some books on animal hibernation and bird migration. I would recommend it for kids even up to 4th or 5th grade who don't know what makes leaves change.
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By ACJ on November 7, 2007
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I used this book this semester while student teaching with a Kinder class. The kids really loved the illustrations, and the explanation of why the leaves fall. They were fascinated with the explanation of the pigment for red, yellow, and orange already being there. I'd reccomend it with older children too, as they might enjoy the science behind it even more, and there's more opportunities to actually have them describe the leaves and observe leaves in a section the way the book shows us we can.
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This is a question every elementary child asks their parent or teacher. Don't know the answer? Read this cute book and you will find out! A great book to teach one science concept of fall. Do leaf rubbings of leaves collected on a walk and you and your child will have a great afternoon of learning. Excellent text and pictures.
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The "picture book" design of this book doesn't match the dry explanations about chlorophyll, etc. which would be appropriate for a much older child. There is no "story" motif, engaging rhyme scheme, or fun elements to capture the interest of a younger child. My very bright little kindergartner walked away after I had read a few pages -- something he has never done before. The illustrations are richly colored -- they deserved better writing.
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I enjoyed reading this book very much on a recent baby sitting job. It is richly illustrated, interesting, and also has a little reader interaction within it, as well as some fun suggested activities that kids can do with leaves. It's not perfect, and for the record I think it's a lot harder to put together one of these science/learning books than one may think. Just exactly how much to you include as to the science of leaves and their autumn change without being too technical or boring. While at the same time getting it all out there in such way that any kid from 4 to 8 will enjoy and understand it. I think the author here did a pretty decent job of it, and it was enjoyed by the 6 year old in my charge. And besides, he learned something, which not every kids book bothers to do these days. It may not be one that becomes a favorite, or will be read again and again, but for the price their asking, its worth being in your children's book collection for sure... Recommended... : )
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Purchased to go along with our tree study unit for homeschooling. It's very informative but not overwhelmingly so. My 7 yr old enjoyed it. A great way to talk about the different types of leaves and trees and how the changing seasons affect them.
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