The Gold Leaf by Kirsten Hall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
First Published: May 16th, 2017
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
Recommended Age: 5+
Genres & Themes: Children’s, Picture Books, Animals, Nature, Preservation, Sharing
A gold leaf appears in the forest. As soon as the animals notice it, each wants it more than anything else in the world. But in their struggle for it, the leaf is destroyed. Heartbroken, the animals wonder: Will we ever again see such a leaf?
This is such a special book.
It is original, poetic, beautifully-illustrated and important. Sometimes we read books to escape to another place where our worries do not exist.
Other times, we read books to learn and we use them as a tool to teach other people. This is a great book to read to children, because it shows the importance of sharing and preserving nature’s precious gifts.
One wonderful spring day, a squirrel finds a golden leaf. The leaf is so mesmerizing that, suddenly, every animal wants it. Instead of sharing it, the animals steal it from one another. Unfortunately, the leaf breaks and shreds, until it becomes only a memory.
But this leaf they thought lost forever reappears a year later. This time, the animals have learned their lesson and cherish the leaf.
Goodness, there are so many real life situations I can think of that can be linked to this one. It’s in everyone’s nature to take some things for granted, but once in a while we have to remember that life and all of its elements are fleeting, so we better love and respect what life and nature give us.
I am feeling wise out of a sudden. Thank you, book.
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