Leaf by Sandra Dieckmann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: October 10th, 2017
Publisher: Flying Eye Books
Recommended Age: 4+
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Animals, Environment
When a polar bear arrives unexpectedly in the woods, the animals fear and avoid him, suspecting him to be dangerous—and his habit of collecting leaves only adds to their distrust. Then one day, they watch as he attempts to fly over the water with wings made of colorful leaves, just trying to go home.
Maybe he needs some help?
This picture book reminded me quite a bit of THE WILD ROBOT, a middle grade story about a robot who, like our polar bear Leaf here, becomes stranded in a place full of nature and life but without a single friend.
The animals are afraid of him and think he’s a monster. After all, they’ve never seen any animal like Leaf before – which is normal since polar bears do not belong in the forest. Not because they shouldn’t adventure there, but because that is not the kind of habitat they can thrive in. Or survive, really.
So it takes time for the animals to face the unknown and approach this strange creature. But when they do, they realize that Leaf is more teddy bear than monster. Similar themes are explored in THE WILD ROBOT, so if you want another story like this but longer, that’s the perfect book for you.
I don’t think I need to mention how majestic the illustrations are, do I? What you see is what you get, so right from the start the cover enables you to determine whether this is an art style you’d enjoy looking at or not. But really, the graphics are so colourful and detailed that there’s no way I could picture someone showing disgust at them. More like hundreds of heart-shaped eyes instead.
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