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Leaf Man

By Lois Ehlert

Publisher: Harcourt, Inc.
ISBN-10: 0152053042
ISBN (13 digit)/EAN: 978-0-15205304-8
Retail Price: $16.00
Our Net Price:  $10.40 (35% discount)

Subjects / Categories:
Nature and the Natural World
Concepts Size and Shapes
Art and Architecture

ALA Notable Children’s Book
Book Sense Book of the Year Honor Book
Boston Globe - Horn Book Award Book
CCBC Choices
Children Magazine Best Book of the Year
Elizabeth Burr Award (Wisconsin) - Author Award
National Outdoor Book Award - Honorable Mention
Wisconsin Notable Author (Wisconsin Library Assoc - Author Award


Published Sept 2005
Size: 11 x 12 inches
40 Pages
Ages 4-8

Front Inside Cover:

Maple Leaf
Fall has come, the wind is gusting, and Leaf Man is on the move. Is he drifting east, over the marsh and ducks and geese? Or is he heading west, above the orchards, prairie meadows, and spotted cows? No one's quite sure, but this much is certain: A Leaf Man's got to go where the wind blows.
Elm Leaf
With illustrations made from actual fall leaves and die-cut pages on every spread that reveal gorgeous landscape vistas, here is a playful, whimsical, and evocative book that celebrates the natural world and the rich imaginative life of children.

Includes an author's note and leaf-identifying labels.

Authors Note (Inside Back Cover):

Whenever I see a beautiful leaf, I have to pick it up. I can’t help myself; it’s something I have done all my life. I used to press leaves in my phone book, only find to them later -- dull, dry, and crumbling. When researching maple leaves for the illustrations in my book, Red Leaf Yellow Leaf, I made color copies of the leaves I collected for reference as soon as I found them so I could capture their magnificent colors before they faded. When I began thinking about making Leaf Man, I carred a plastic bag with me, picking up treasures wherever I went -- sweet gum fruit from Kansas City, oak leaves from Ithaca, fig leaves from Washington D.C. -- and color-copying them as soon as possible. My leaf file became chubby, but I didn’t stop collecting until snow finally covered the last Wisconsin maple leaves of fall. Then I created the Leaf Man art with my color copies of leaves, which I believe are among the most beautiful art supplies in the world. 


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