Fletcher and the Falling Leaves: A Fall Book for Kids

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Fletcher and the Falling Leaves: A Fall Book for Kids

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves: A Fall Book for Kids

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Tiphanie Beeke attended the Royal College of Art where she gained a Master's degree in Illustration and has since specialised in children's books. Her other recent works include Sweet Dreaming, illustrated by Nicola Wong (Sourcebooks), Dragon's Lost Roar, illustrated by Beccy Blake (Franklin Watts) and Mule School, illustrated by Lynne Chapman (Gullane Children's Books). Each morning, Fletcher would come out of the den and explore the world, but then he realizes that the tree’s leaves were turning gold and beginning to fall off the tree. Fletcher loves his tree, but when autumn comes he begins to fear that something terrible is happening--for the leaves begin to turn color and fall off.

When I had my children I started writing stories for picture books, and my first book, Fred and the Little Egg, was published in 2005.The narrative itself captures a young child's uncertainty and fear, when confronted with change, while the beautiful pastel illustrations evoke all the magic of the season. I love the way that Julia Rawlinson makes Fletcher into such a cute and determined character and what I really loved about Fletcher was how he did not understand about how it is natural for leaves to fall off the trees during winter and autumn but it made him into a caring and determined character which many children will definitely relate to Fletcher’s predicament as I am pretty sure that some small children wondered about what happens to the leaves on the trees during winter and autumn just like little Fletcher here!

The illustrations perfectly capture the sweetness and gentleness of the story and the final illustration held a beautiful surprise for me just as the tree holds a surprise for Fletcher! Fletcher is such a sweet character, and the book's gentle exploration of accepting change is perfect. He tries reattaching them and defending the leaves from squirrels who want the leaves for their nests. I read this aloud to 4-year-olds today, and I have never, ever heard such audible gasps of "ohhhh"s as I did when I revealed the final page.

As the leaves begin falling off the tree, he attempts to save them and keep them tethered to the tree. A tiny breeze shivered the branches, making a sound like laughter, and in the light of the rising sun, the sparkling branches nodded. I sort of like how the story covers late autumn and early winter only; a part of me wanted more but I think the author made the correct choice of what time period to cover. This book was selected as one of the October 2011 - Autumn and Halloween reads at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.

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