Sunday, February 26, 2012

The wonder of leaves

Maybe we take leaves too much for granted. In her new picturebook, A Leaf Can Be..., Laura Purdie Salas instructs us through the use of poetry about the  many things leaves can do.

Laura Purdie Salas

 Here's a sample: "A leaf can be a... soft  cradle - water ladle." In the section "more about leaves" she gives more details. For example, some animals drink water out leaves because they can hold rainwater or dew.
Teachers,  this book has goodies for you:  a glossary, a list of books for further reading, as well as a  teaching guide . Here is an interview with Laura.

The beautiful illustrations by Violeta Dabija will add to everyone's enjoyment.


  1. I have heard so much about A Leaf Can be by Laura. It does sound like my kind of book with refreshingly beautiful illustrations. It seems to be well-loved by everyone who reviews it. Looking forward to finding this in our community library.

  2. I have ordered this through Amazon and your review makes me more impatient than ever for it to finally arrive!

  3. Looks interesting. I love the teacher's guide!

  4. Thanks for featuring A LEAF CAN BE...! Tara, thanks for ordering--I really hope you like it!