by David Ezra Stein


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It's a young bear's first autumn, and the falling leaves surprise him. He tries to put them back on the trees, but it doesn't work. Eventually, he gets sleepy and burrows into the fallen leaves for a long nap. When he wakes up, it's spring, and there are suddenly brand-new leaves all around, welcoming him.

Graceful illustrations and a childlike main character offer the perfect way to talk with children about the wonder of the changing seasons.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399246364
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 08/16/2007
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 178,063
Product dimensions: 8.63(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

David Ezra Stein is also the author and illustrator of Cowboy Ned and Andy. He lives in Kew Gardens, New York.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

To Bear, in his first year, everything is new. He lives on a tiny island with a few trees, flowers, berries, and butterflies, and he dances with joy—until he sees a leaf fall to the ground. He wonders, "Are you okay?" More leaves fall. "He tried to catch them and put them back on . . . but it was not the same." As he watches the leaves fall and blanket the ground, he grows sleepy, finds a cave—like hole, fills it with leaves, and burrows into it to sleep away the winter. In spring, he joyfully welcomes the tiny leaves unfolding on the trees. The narrative works seamlessly with the freewheeling, expressive artwork. Created with bamboo pen, the energetic, sensitive drawings are tinted with subtle shades of color. Just as Stein uses white space effectively in the art, he uses "white space" well in the spare, precise text, leaving some details for children to notice in the pictures alone, such as how the leaves have been stuck back on the trees by spearing them onto the living twigs. Teachers will find this picture book a natural for curriculum units on leaves or hibernation, and children will enjoy seeing fall anew through the eyes of a big-hearted character more innocent than themselves. Wonderfully simple and simply wonderful for sharing with children. —Booklist, starred review

Customer Reviews

Leaves 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Jessie_Bear on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A young bear experiences the changing of seasons for the first time in this heartwarming book. The bear wonders at the falling of the first leaf, and awakens after hibernation delighted to find the first buds of spring. The format and syntax of the story is simple enough to use as a transition from board books to regular picture books. Large type face and sparse text place an emphasis on the soft and inviting illustrations. These endearing pictures are simple and accessible, perfect for a young audience but also pleasing to an older reader. While some of the illustrations simply feature the leaves and the bear, others give readers a simple depiction of a season, such as the last illustration which shows the bear, a few new spring leaves, and the last remnants of winter snow. As the young bear experiences and learns about seasons, so too can a child either by simply hearing the story or by further parent-child discussion. A friendly introduction to the passage of time, I strongly recommend this book. Ages 2-4
kfurnanz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Simple illustrations, limited text
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Awesome, short little book for storytime-fits into a multitude of categories. Bear is sad the leaves are falling, he tries to put them back on the tree. But he uses the fallen leaves for his hibernation den. He wakes in the spring so do the leaves, Yippee!! for seasons.
SarahEHWilson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A darling story with wonderful illustrations about a bear settling down to hibernate. My parents got it for my son--they have a bear on their property and somehow this just captures that presence perfectly.
booschnoo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good example of fantasy because the main character is a bear that talks, which is not something that is possible in real life. The author creates a world that the reader enters every time he/she reads the book.Stars: SettingAge: primary