Gibb Smith/Raincoast Books
By Virginia Brimhall Snow
age 3-5, 5-8
Synopsis from Raincoast Books:
Take a stroll through the woods and learn to identify 24 different kinds of leaves by their shapes and autumn colors. At the end of the day, learn how to press the gathered leaves and how to make a leaf rubbing.
The change of seasons is the perfect time to explore nature. Fall exposes our eyes to things that have been hidden away by the lushness of summer, such as abandoned bee hives and bird nests. The leaves are full of colour and float down to the ground from their home. Fall Walk follows two children and their grandmother as they walk through a park, discovering different leaves and the trees they once called home.
The illustrated scenery and is in a faint single tone with colour only used on the individual leave prints and name. This makes Fall Walk a great leaf guide for kids, giving them a sense of the colours and shapes of various leaves they might spot on their walk. There’s also an illustration of the tree associated with each leaf so kids can spot those too. The simple rhyme takes the reader on a walk with the children and their grandmother but the book can also be used simply as a reference book too. At the end of the book the reader is invited to try and match the various leaves to their tree homes, plus they can follow the instructions to press or make rubbings of the leaves they find on their own walk.
Fall Walk is a great book that is part story and part reference for young kids. I love a book that encourages readers to extend what they’ve read beyond just story time. This is a perfect book to get your kids out and exploring the various leaves in their own neighbourhood.
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