Author & Illustrator: David Ezra Stein
Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2007
Themes: leaves, seasons, bears, first, hibernation, fall, winter
It was his first year
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 to children about the wonder of the changing seasons.
Why I like this book:
Large font and sparse text leave lots of room form Stein’s warm and inviting illustrations, which express the bear’s joy, worry, effort, and celebration. The soft watercolors evoke New England deciduous woods beautifully. While some of the illustrations feature the leaves and the bear,
others give readers a simple depiction of a season,such as the windy nature of fall and the arrival of snow in winter.
These endearing pictures are simple and accessible, perfect for a young audience but also pleasing to an older reader. It’s a beautiful introduction to seasonal changes in certain climates. I strongly recommend this book.
This book is great for teaching about seasons, especially fall and the changing of the trees. Have students compare what happens in different seasons.
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