Leif and the fall

Allison Sweet Grant

Book - 2020

Leif is a leaf. A worried leaf. It is autumn, and Leif is afraid to fall. "All leaves fall in the fall," say the other leaves. But Leif is determined to find a different way down, and with his friend Laurel, he uses the resources around him to create a net, a kite, a parachute in hopes of softening his landing. The clock is ticking, the wind is blowing. What will happen when a gust of wind pulls Leif from his branch?

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Genres
Fiction
Picture books
Published
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers [2020]
Language
English
Physical Description
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN
1984815490
9781984815491
Main Author
Allison Sweet Grant (author)
Other Authors
Adam M. Grant (writer), Merrilee Liddiard (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Fall's arrived, and Leif, "a small green leaf with browning edges," knows this means soon falling from his oak-tree branch home. But Leif fears he'll hurt himself, so his friend Laurel, who's dropped in from another tree, suggests maybe they can make something to help. But their endeavors—a net of twigs, a vine strapped to the branch, a moss-and-bark kite, a spider-web parachute—bring more snafus than solutions, and optimism dwindles. Eventually, with a blustery gust, Leif's dreaded moment comes. However, what they considered unsuccessful attempts have collected below, unexpectedly creating a soft place to touch down safely below, and after which the pals cheerfully set off together. Liddiard's mixed-media illustrations, in appropriately autumnal hues, depict the expressive, anthropomorphized leaf characters, along with other creatures, such as inchworms and ladybugs, among the droll background details. While abundant repetition—particularly the refrain "All leaves fall in the fall!" by snarky fellow oak leaves—can distract, this highlights the rewards of supportive friendship and the worthy notion that even failures may have value. Preschool-Grade 1. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1—Lief is an oak leaf and he has a big problem; he is scared of falling when autumn comes—what if he skins his knee or bumps his head? The other leaves cannot believe such foolishness and keep admonishing him that "All leaves fall in the fall." Luckily, his friend Laurel is of a kinder disposition and tries to help him come up with clever ways of avoiding the impending disaster. At first they build a net with twigs, but the holes are too big so they toss it to the ground. They build a kite out of bark and moss so Lief can gently descend to the grass—alas, everything gets tangled and the kite ends up on the ground below. Every attempt they make is thwarted and a pile of discarded experiments grow beneath them. Then that fateful day arrives when a strong and cold wind blows Lief right off of that branch; but instead of skinning his knee or bumping his head, he lands pleasantly on his pile of rejected creations. VERDICT A clever and triumphant tale by the Grants (The Gift Inside the Box) showcasing how even discarded ideas can build a foundation for great things. Kids will love examining the mixed media and digital collage creations of Liddiard.—Amy Nolan, St. Joseph P.L., MI Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A worried leaf who fears falling when autumn approaches resolves to find a different way down and races the wind to work with a friend to create a net, a kite, and a parachute in the hope of softening his landing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A worried leaf who fears falling when autumn approaches resolves to find a different way down and races the wind to work with a friend to create a net, a kite and a parachute in the hope of softening his landing. By the authors of The Gift Inside the Box. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Persistence and creativity can lead to amazing things, as Leif the leaf discovers in this lovely storybook from Allison Sweet Grant and Adam Grant, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Originals.Leif is a leaf. A worried leaf. It is autumn, and Leif is afraid to fall. "All leaves fall in the fall," say the other leaves. But Leif is determined to find a different way down, and with his friend Laurel, he uses the resources around him to create a net, a kite, a parachute in hopes of softening his landing. The clock is ticking, the wind is blowing. What will happen when a gust of wind pulls Leif from his branch?In a culture that prizes achievement, kids are often afraid to fail--failing to realize that some of the very ideas that don't work are steps along the path to ones that will.