There’s no story like A Leaf Can Be to get you in the spirit of fall. Laura Purdie Salas introduces a creative way to look at fall and the many purposes leaves serve from season to season. Each illustration is full of life and color, enhancing the overall quality of the book. This book can be useful for children to help them consider what happens to leaves after they fall off of trees. Furthermore the book uses a poetic style to encourage children to use their imagination and creativity when thinking about different aspects of nature. The many different instances of personification in the text bring what could have easily been a mundane topic to life. For instance, a leaf is described as “ Wind rider, sun taker, mouth filler, shade spiller etc” . With each description, a leaf takes on a new meaning, and this is very important for children to understand.
I would consider using this book in my classroom when doing a unit on the seasons, or more specifically a lesson on trees/ plants. Beyond this, there are many art projects one could do based on this book. One teacher had her children create clay models of what a leaf can be. A video of her student’s projects is attached below.
By Isabelle Despins