Leif loves living high up in his tree. But when the other leaves start to fall, Leif is faced with a big decision. Does he stay alone in his familiar tree, or jump into the unknown with his friends? Then Leif meets another leaf with a similar problem and together they help each other overcome their fear of change.
A most definite 5/5 stars! This is an incredible book to share with little ones who may be experiencing some sort of change. Whether moving, switching schools, gaining a sibling or something else, this book shares both the apprehension that can be felt and the beauty that can arise from change. Leif's emotions throughout his journey make the little character relatable and loveable to all and can help little readers understand their own feelings.
My son loved the beautiful yet simplistic watercolour illustrations of bright autumn hues and the super-soft, velvety cover of the book. He also quite enjoyed being able to identify Leif as a "Maple Leaf"! Madeline Rivers did an amazing job giving life to such an adorable and likeable character in both her storytelling and her artwork.
I would recommend this book for children from birth to 8 years. My 6-year-old was able to read this book without difficulty so it would also make a great addition to any children's reading library! 🙂
"A beautiful book! I highly recommend this as an addition to your children’s library and especially as a book to gift. The story is very sweet and the illustrations are just lovely. The lessons within the story were prefect for my children (aged 3 and 4). They have been asking to read this book over and over again.
My eldest daughter commented that she was happy Leif found a friend so he wasn’t truly alone. My youngest daughter said her favorite part was when Leif was brave enough to let go even though he was scared.
I enjoy books that encourage my children to reflect, empathize and learn from the lesson within the story. We have been thoroughly captivated by Leif Falls. The illustrations are enchanting and whimsical - they really make this book a fantastic read.
My son loved the beautiful yet simplistic watercolour illustrations of bright autumn hues and the super-soft, velvety cover of the book. He also quite enjoyed being able to identify Leif as a "Maple Leaf"! Madeline Rivers did an amazing job giving life to such an adorable and likeable character in both her storytelling and her artwork." ~Jenne
"Wow, I am really impressed by this book. So simplistic, so beautiful, so creative. The author also did the illustrations, and I LOVE the illustrations. Warm watercolor, minimal but effective facial expressions. And the story itself is enjoyable. Short, sweet, gentle, encouraging! This is a great kids book, a bed time treat that can be read over and over. Worth picking up, especially if you have a child that needs a positive message of support in dealing with concerns or fears. It's like a warm hug on a crisp fall day. Well done all around!"
"Some of the best stories in children’s literature are those that focus on a simple idea. Leif Falls is a charming story about a leaf that doesn’t want to leave his tree during autumn... even though it’s time to.
A new friendship with another leaf brings forth the courage to make the leap and face change. Beautifully illustrated, and with a powerful message, Leif Falls will delight young readers throughout all the seasons."
"Leif is happy where he is. He has a beautiful view and lovely friends; but when his friends begin to leave him in the autumn he has a tough decision. Does he leave his safe and comfortable branch for the unknown? This is a beautifully sweet and simple tale that will enchant readers young and old. I plan on sharing this book with my primary library students this fall and maybe pair it with a water colour art activity."
"This may be a book for children, but it's also a beautifully rendered and heartwarming reminder that time is an inescapable part of life, and when we embrace change, we're afforded opportunities to grow and connect to the world in new ways. I must admit that I had a tear at the end! <3"
"Beautiful story about a leaf who fears the change that will come with falling from his tree but through friendship learns to embrace the unknown and take the leap. Children and adults alike will enjoy the story, message and gorgeous watercolour illustrations." ~Marley
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