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*Fletcher & the Falling Leaves* by Julia Rawlinson, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke

 
Also illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke:

Brave Bitsy & the Bear
 
Fletcher & the Falling Leaves
by Julia Rawlinson, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke
Preschool - Grade 2 32 pages Greenwillow August 2006 Hardcover    

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson is a 28-page childrenís picture book that will appeal to children aged between toddlers and grades 2 or 3. Rawlinson grew up in London, where she currently resides with her husband and children. Starting about 3 years ago, Julia delved into writing for children for the first time. The illustrator and cover design artist, Tiphanie Beeke, has worked on several books in the past and also lives in England.

If you havenít already heard of the publisher, Greenwillow Books, the company is actually an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Green Willow has published a fine and durable book here; the pages are very thick and the book is hardcover, imprinted with the same imagery as the protective slipcover.

The calm colors of fall - soft yellow, oranges and grays - are nicely mixed with imagery that depicts the weather and time of day, creating artwork that children will love. The story is worded in such a way that Fletcher and the Falling Leaves would be a pleasure to read to groups of children.

Here we have a small young fox, experiencing the seasonal change from fall to winter for the very first time. His innocence is pronounced in his endearing concern for his very best friend. His poor tree is losing its leaves, and Fletcher endeavors to save it. Soon critters from the forest harvest the treeís leaves for their own needs, upsetting Fletcher terribly. But in the end, he is awakened to the normalcy of the change of seasons and learns to see the beauty of winter as well.



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