Fletcher and the Falling Leaves
Julia Rawlinson
Greenwillow/HarperTrophy (2008)
ISBN 9780061573972
Reviewed by Cayden (age 4) and Max (age 2) Aures and Mom for Reader Views (9/08)

“Fletcher and the Falling Leaves” is about a little fox named Fletcher who is concerned that his favorite tree is starting to lose leaves.  He doesn’t know what is going on and tries to help it by attempting various ways to reattach its leaves.

Max:  “Leaves fall down!”

Cayden:  “Leaves fall in autumn.  Trees lose their leaves before winter but I don’t think that this fox knows that.  He thinks the tree is sick!”

Max:  “Fix tree!  Leaf on stick.”

Cayden:  “It is going to be hard to catch those leaves with all of that wind!”

Max:  “Blow away!”

Max:  “Squirrel!”

Cayden:  “He is using the leaves to make a nest?  I didn’t know squirrels made nests!”

Cayden:  “Look at all those blue birds!”

Max:  “All gone!”

Cayden:  “There are no more leaves until spring.”

Cayden:  “Look at the icicles though!  You can feel them on the paper!”

Cayden:  “This was a good story!  I liked watching the fox try to save the leaves.  I learned that other animals use the leaves from the trees.  My favorite part was the icicle picture at the end of the book!”

Parent’s comments:
“Fletcher and the Falling Leaves” by Julia Rawlinson is a very sweet story.  Both of my boys thoroughly enjoyed the book from the first page to the last.  The illustrations are wonderful, especially the depiction of the tree during the winter on the last page.  This book is a great tool to teach children about what happens during the changing of the seasons!

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