Oak Leaf

Cameron Kids. Sept. 2019. 40p. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781944903732.
PreS-Gr 2–Sandford’s simple tale begins with the season advancing from summer to fall. “Autumn arrived quietly so no one would notice. But the trees knew.” Oak Leaf changes color prior to detaching from its tree and taking off for an adventure before becoming a keepsake. Drifting on breezes and wind gusts, it encounters a family of foxes, a hurtling train, and, briefly, the nose of a calf in a farmyard, before continuing on its journey. Lush illustrations offer a variety of perspectives from close to the ground to high above a flock of migrating geese. The colors of fall—bright blue skies with fluffy white clouds and swirling leaves in red, yellow, and orange—fill the pages from margin to margin.
VERDICT Pair this appealing title with Kenard Pak’s Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn and Michael Hall’s Wonderfall for a seasonal storytime.

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