Fletcher and the falling leaves

Julia Rawlinson

Book - 2006

When his favorite tree begins to lose its leaves, Fletcher the fox worries that it is sick, but instead a magical sight is in store for him.

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Picture books
New York : Greenwillow Books 2006.
1st American ed
Item Description
First published in 2006 in Great Britain by Gullane Children's Books as Ferdie and the falling leaves.
Physical Description
unpaged : col. ill
Main Author
Julia Rawlinson (-)
Other Authors
Tiphanie Beeke (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

PreS-Gr. 2. When the leaves on his favorite tree turn brown and begin to drop, Fletcher, a young fox, worries that the tree is sick. Although he tries his best to help the tree, the last leaf finally falls. The next day when Fletcher visits the tree, he sees a magical sight that convinces him that falling leaves don't signify the tree's demise. Rawlinson's carefully worded text is superbly matched by Beeke's impressionistic watercolors. Fletcher's character is clearly evident in his distinct facial features and body language, and the magical change of the season is accentuated as the scenery goes from soft, hazy earth tones to cool white and blue-green. For the scene in which Fletcher beholds the "magical sight" of the tree covered with ice, sparkle has been glued to the pages; the effect will make children gasp with delight. Given such a strong debut, the unforgettable Fletcher is primed for more picture books as he discovers the ways of the world. ((Reviewed August 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 3 This potent synthesis of art and prose conveys a child's first awareness of the changing seasons with reverence and wonder. Fletcher, a tiny fox, is concerned when his favorite tree turns brown. His mother tells him, Don't worry, it's only autumn, but the tree hardly seems fine to Fletcher. As its leaves fall and flutter away, the youngster struggles in vain to catch and reattach them. When only one leaf remains, he does his level best to secure it to the limb, but eventually the stem dries up and the leaf pops off. Mournful and confused, he carries it home and takes it to bed with him. Still worried about his tree, he wakes up the next morning to find that it has undergone a sweet and satisfying transformation. Beeke's resplendent watercolors work beautifully with the book's tone, content, layout, and design. Picture books about nature sometimes suffer from cloying, excessively pastoral language or imagery; this rare example succumbs to neither. A first purchase for every collection.Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC [Page 94]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Fletcher, an inquisitive young fox, learns a valuable lesson in change when the leaves on his favorite tree start falling off, signaling that autumn has arrived.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When his favorite tree begins to lose its leaves in the autumn, Fletcher the fox worries that it is sick, but instead a magical sight is in store for him.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Celebrate fall with the sweet and charming Fletcher the fox!As the leaves fall from his favorite tree, Fletcher worries that something is terribly wrong. But then winter comes, and with it a wonderful surprise. Do you know what it is? Join Fletcher and find out. . . .Fletcher the fox is concerned about nature and wants to understand the changing of the seasons. Young readers will share the feelings of wonder and empathy as they curl up with a parent or gather in circle time to enjoy this beautiful picture book.