Monday, December 6, 2010

The Little Leaf: Book Review

About The Book:

This is the story of a little leaf that learns about Christmas, and is determined to experience the holiday despite obstacles such as Old Man Winter. This wonderfully illustrated story takes the young reader through the cycle of life as the little leaf experiences the seasons and major holidays on a colorful journey towards Christmas.

Everyone has a dream. Deciduous, a little leaf, dreams of seeing Christmas. As different holidays come and go, and the seasons change from Spring to Autumn, will the little leaf be able to hang on and fulfill his dream?

The Little Leaf by Jairo Penaranda features a sweet story backed by gorgeous illustrations that show the passing of seasons beautifully. Holidays such as the Fourth of July, Easter, and Thanksgiving are cleverly shown without being mentioned by name.

Children and their parents will enjoy this inspirational story that shows the passing of time, and the drive to fulfill one's dreams.

About The Author:

Jairo Penaranda is a bit of a renaissance man: writer, successful businessman, and former UCLA and NFL fullback. After years of coaching and a stint as a high school teacher, Jairo moved into the insurance business. A teacher and coach at heart with a talent for story-telling, Jairo made up bedtime stories for his children. The Little Leaf originated as one of these stories, and after it languished fifteen years in a desk drawer, Jairo and illustrator Ryan Loghry teamed up to bring the little leaf back to life for others to enjoy.

About The Illustrator:

Ryan Loghry is a freelance artist and illustrator who started out young with an addiction to doodling in the margins of his homework., moved on to filling up sketchbooks, and now enjoys the opportunity to give life to children's stories. He and his wife Angela share their home in Yacolt, Washington, with one big goofy dog, and look forward to the day they can share this story and many more with their own children.

About The Publisher:

Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, InkWater Press, has published more than 600 titles, including fiction and nonfiction, poetry and children's books. Inkwater Press is a division of First Books, which was founded in 1988. The company is committed to a substainable future, printing on recycled paper and using no animal-based products.

My Review:

The Little Leaf brings to life science in a fun and imaginative way. I love it when you can teach children educational concepts and they do not even realize that they are learning something. This is exactly what happens with this stunningly illustrated book. Your children learns all about season, and  the life cycle of a leaf, as well as an introduction to annual holidays. Yes, this could be considered a "Christmas" book, but can be used throughout the year. It is definitely one that I will keep in my Early Childhood Education resources for years to come. For now, I read it with my four and two year old. The four year old loves it, and while a little too wordy for my two year old, I know in time she will also come to love.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Little Leaf online here, directly from Inkwater Press.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Inkwater Press, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I look forward to reading it! So impressed by all your accomplishments. Wishing you the best of luck with your book.

    Tami Willis Carroll