FICTION

Leif and the Fall

Dial. Sept. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781984815491.
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PreS-Gr 1–Lief is an oak leaf and he has a big problem; he is scared of falling when autumn comes—what if he skins his knee or bumps his head? The other leaves cannot believe such foolishness and keep admonishing him that “All leaves fall in the fall.” Luckily, his friend Laurel is of a kinder disposition and tries to help him come up with clever ways of avoiding the impending disaster. At first they build a net with twigs, but the holes are too big so they toss it to the ground. They build a kite out of bark and moss so Lief can gently descend to the grass—alas, everything gets tangled and the kite ends up on the ground below. Every attempt they make is thwarted and a pile of discarded experiments grow beneath them. Then that fateful day arrives when a strong and cold wind blows Lief right off of that branch; but instead of skinning his knee or bumping his head, he lands pleasantly on his pile of rejected creations.
VERDICT A clever and triumphant tale by the Grants (The Gift Inside the Box) showcasing how even discarded ideas can build a foundation for great things. Kids will love examining the mixed media and digital collage creations of Liddiard.

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