Front Inside Cover:
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.
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.