We did a little more in Science Through Children's Literature today, this time talking about seasons and leaves falling, and read a book, The Fall of Freddie the Leaf. This was an incredible book for all of us, one I hadn't seen before today.
I can't say enough good about this book. The youngest got a little from it, but it really struck the 12yo.
Freddie is a leaf on a tree in a public space. He tells us about himself and his friends, the other leaves. He tells us about the spring and summer, the winds, the people who come to enjoy the shade. Then he starts to change colors in the fall, and tells us about that. He questions his wise friend, Daniel, another leaf, about what is next. Daniel explains to him that they are changing colors and that the leaves are dying and falling in the winter, but that it is okay, they are all part of Life. Freddie is frightened about dying, and Daniel reassures him and comforts him.
On the surface this book is about the seasons of the tree. But, of course, that is not all. This book is about Life and Death, passing from one season to another in a year and in life.
There are pictures of trees as the illustrations, a picture for most 2-page spreads but not every set. There is a paragraph or two for most 2-page spreads. This is a wonderful picture book for the elementary into middle school years really. It is a beautiful story for all ages.