Fletcher and the Falling Leaves is one of my favorite fall books. Fletcher is a little fox who discovers that his favorite tree is changing. He begins to worry about his tree when the tree’s leaves turn brown and then begin dropping off. Fletcher tries to fix his tree, trying to tie the leaves back onto the tree. He is distraught when a squirrel and porcupine make off with the fallen leaves. When the tree is finally bare, Fletcher takes the last leaf and makes a little bed for it in his room. The next day, winter has arrived, and Fletcher is amazed at the sight of his tree shimmering with icicles.
This story is very sweet, but what really makes it a keeper are the incredible illustrations of Tiphanie Beeke. Her water colors are beautiful, and my students always love the last “shimmery” page.
I love to read this to my K-1 students and talk to them about the life cycles of trees.
Here is a great, simple book about fall for young students. I like to read this with my pre-k and K students. The book begins with leaves in summer and then moves to how we know fall is here…leaves changing color and falling from trees. The simple illustrations show children catching falling leaves, collecting different leaves and comparing them, raking leaves and finally jumping in leaves! The children then drink warm cider and make pictures using the leaves they’ve collected.
When I moved from New York State to California 30 years ago, I knew that I would give up the seasons and wouldn’t see snow day to day in winter. Honestly, the latter didn’t bother so much after years of slipping on ice and digging out driveways.
Many of my students rarely, if ever, have the chance to see and play in the snow. They know that it’s cold in winter, that some trees lose their leaves, that bears hibernate and that children make snowmen and snow angels in the snow. I love to share winter memories from my childhood in upstate New York, building snow forts with my big brother, making snowmen and throwing snowballs.
Whether your children or students live in a climate where they know winter well, or whether they only can wonder what it’s like, Snowmen at Night is a great book for a winter read aloud. The rhyming text is easy to read and the pictures by Mark Buehner are so engaging.
What do snowmen do at night? Apparently quite a lot. “One wintry day I made a snowman, very round and tall. The next day when I saw him, he was not the same at all! His hat had slipped, his arms drooped down, he really looked a fright — it made me start to wonder: What do snowmen do at night?”
This is a fun book about the secret life of snowmen that delighted my kindergartners. I hope you have fun with it, too.