The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming, illustrated by Nicola Slater

Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

The Leaf Thief: Hemming, Alice, Slater, Nicola: 0760789305887: Amazon.com:  Books
The Leaf Thief: Hemming, Alice, Slater, Nicola: 0760789305887: Amazon.com:  Books

Summary:  Squirrel is in a panic when he notices that one of his leaves is missing, and immediately runs to his friend Bird’s house to report the theft.  Bird reassures him that it’s normal to lose a leaf or two at this time of year, but the next day, Squirrel freaks out again when more leaves go missing.  He accuses some of the other animals, but eventually Bird reminds him that this has happened before, and that the only one stealing leaves is the wind.  Squirrel is finally able to calm down…until he wakes up on a snowy morning, and realizes that someone has stolen the GRASS!  Includes two pages of facts about autumn and the changes deciduous trees undergo during the fall season.  32 pages; ages 3-7.

Pros:  I have nothing against Halloween and Thanksgiving books, but sometimes you just want a good fall story; this one is sure to be a hit with younger kids who will undoubtedly find Squirrel’s antics hilarious.  As a bonus, there’s some good, age-appropriate information to share about the season.

Cons:  The fall facts are printed on the back cover.  Someday, in my ideal world, publishers will listen to me and stop doing that, so we librarians won’t have to cover them up with the dust jackets. 

2 thoughts on “The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming, illustrated by Nicola Slater

  1. Good news! My library’s copy arrived today and it does not have a dust jacket. So the wind info will not be covered.

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