As summer changes to autumn, Fletcher discovers the leaves on his favorite tree changing colors and falling off. The little fox becomes very worried and tries his best to keep the leaves on the tree. However, between squirrels, porcupines, and the wind, Fletcher finds himself fighting a losing battle. Will he realize that his favorite tree will be okay?
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves written by Julia Rawlinson and illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke is a sweet book that teaches young readers between the ages of 4 and 8 about the changing seasons. Fletcher is worried that falling leaves mean his favorite tree is sick, but children are sure to realize that trees simply lose their leaves in the fall. Although recommended for older readers, my toddler daughter also enjoyed the story.
The language in Fletcher and the Falling Leaves is perfect for the recommended age range. The text is fairly simple but does incorporate some more difficult vocabulary and structures, making the book a great story for emerging readers.
My favorite part of Fletcher and the Falling Leaves is the illustrations. The style reminds me of a watercolor painting. I particularly like the rendering of Fletcher the fox, who is sweet and rather whimsical. My daughter, who loves foxes, also loves pointing out Fletcher on each page of the story.
Final Verdict: Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson with illustrations by Tiphanie Beeke is a perfect book to read with your younger child this autumn season. Children between the ages of 4 and 8 will delight in helping Fletcher realize that falling leaves are a natural part of fall. I particularly love the whimsical illustrations. My daughter and I give Fletcher and the Falling Leaves four enthusiastic thumbs up.
Cover of Fletcher and the Falling Leaves © 2014 Heather Johnson
Inside Pages of Fletcher and the Falling Leaves 1 © 2014 Heather Johnson
Inside Pages of Fletcher and the Falling Leaves 2 © 2014 Heather Johnson