Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
From Miss Mary at Main
Where does a Leaf Man go when the wind blows? Do you know? As the days grow shorter and the leaves begin to change from green to the brillant reds, oranges and yellows of fall, the demand for quality Autumn books at the Library is always high. One of my favorite picture books to share with young children this time of year is Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert (c. 2005). It is an amazing book constructed of colorful leaf collages resembling the Leaf Man as well as chickens, geese, fruits and vegetables, cows and birds. Fall has arrived, the wind is gusting and the Leaf Man is blowing in the breeze. No one knows which direction he will go. (“A Leaf Man’s got to go where the wind blows.”)
Children will enjoy listening to the story as they follow the pictures, identifying the leaf objects scattered throughout the pages of the book. At the conclusion of the story, the endpapers serve as a guide to identifying the leaves used in the Leaf Man. After sharing this book with your child, a nature walk in the woods on a windy fall day might be a great follow-up activity. Children love to gather leaves and create their very own art projects with the leaves that they have gathered in the woods. A few interesting leaves and a lot of imagination is sure to result in some amazing leaf creations.
Lois Ehlert’s Leaf Man is a classic fall book that lends itself easily to many fun activities involving leaves.
- Make your own Leaf Man
- Build a Leaf Man (from pre-drawn leaves, requires legal-size paper) (PDF)
- More great leaf project ideas
- Leaf Man stickers (need printer, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and Avery #15395 labels) (PDF)