The Very Last Leaf
Lance Cottonwood is the best and brightest of the leaves, but even the top students on the tree have worries. Can Lance conquer his fear of falling and just let go when the time comes for his final exam, or will he let his worries take over? In this funny and encouraging picture book, best-selling author Stef Wade (A Place for Pluto) tells an engaging story and deftly addresses social and emotional struggles many kids encounter each day...feeling anxious, wanting to be perfect, facing fears, etc. These themes combined with illustrator Jennifer Davison's delightful characters and rich autumnal colors make The Very Last Leaf a perfect book for the start of a new school year, the arrival of autumn, or any period of transition in life.

The Very Last Leaf Details

TitleThe Very Last Leaf
Author
ReleaseAug 1st, 2020
PublisherCapstone Editions
ISBN-139781684461042
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books

The Very Last Leaf Review

  • Blaine DeSantis
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and Capstone Editions for providing me with a free copy of this book. The following is my honest opinion. This is a very good book. It is a book for young readers and one that takes them through the life cycle of a cottonwood leaf. Lance Cottonwood excels in all his leafly studies except the final one - falling to the ground at the end of the season. The book helps teach children how to overcome fear, bur the hidden message for me is to overcome the fear of death. Truly, what Thanks to NetGalley and Capstone Editions for providing me with a free copy of this book. The following is my honest opinion. This is a very good book. It is a book for young readers and one that takes them through the life cycle of a cottonwood leaf. Lance Cottonwood excels in all his leafly studies except the final one - falling to the ground at the end of the season. The book helps teach children how to overcome fear, bur the hidden message for me is to overcome the fear of death. Truly, what is falling to the ground for a leaf - it is its death and Lance Cottonwood is afraid of this. While it is never discussed, it still was a predominant theme for me in this book and certainly can be used by adults to teach a multitude of lessons (at the right time) about fear of life and death. I felt this was a marvelous book with the only drawback being the rather simplistic illustrations.
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  • Briar's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    The Very Last Leaf by Stef Wade is a super cute, absolutely adorable children's read!To start off this review, the cover alone is absolutely stunning. The soft oranges and reds to give a fall-like feeling - it's gorgeous. It screamed out to me and made me want to pick up this little book. The style felt very classic yet very modern all at the same time.We follouw Lance Cottonwood, a little leaf, on his first day of school! He's doing great in school but he began to worry about his exams. His fin The Very Last Leaf by Stef Wade is a super cute, absolutely adorable children's read!To start off this review, the cover alone is absolutely stunning. The soft oranges and reds to give a fall-like feeling - it's gorgeous. It screamed out to me and made me want to pick up this little book. The style felt very classic yet very modern all at the same time.We follouw Lance Cottonwood, a little leaf, on his first day of school! He's doing great in school but he began to worry about his exams. His final exam, falling to the ground, was mortifying! Will he make it? Will he become brave? Will he be the last, little leaf? You'll have to read to find out!This book was just the sweetest and it had a lovely, little message: Working hard, getting over fears and not giving up! Throw in the delightful pictures with soft colours, and you've got a real hit. I think kids and parents alike will adore this picture book and easily be able to find a book on it's shelf. I'd highly recommend it! I could also see educators and parents using this book for not only fears in general, but darker themes like death and losing someone. It can be seen as very dark though, if you take it the wrong way.My favourite part of this book is the little progress report at the end for our leaf friend! It's so cute and quite amusing.Four out of five stars!Thank you to NetGalley and Capstone for giving me the opportunity to pick up this wonderful book!
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  • Jaine
    January 1, 1970
    5 Magnificent ⭐️!!!!!!!!This book is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.First of all I want to say how magnificent the artwork is! The colours are very crisp, on point, appealing, & pleasing! The gradient, colour combination & how the artist draw is stunning! It’s just sooo cute and I am just speechless! Wow!The fonts are brilliant! I love how the fonts change, there are smaller ones and bigger ones with fading colours which is just superb!The story is so adorable and unique! Lance is a great student but even though 5 Magnificent ⭐️!!!!!!!!This book is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.First of all I want to say how magnificent the artwork is! The colours are very crisp, on point, appealing, & pleasing! The gradient, colour combination & how the artist draw is stunning! It’s just sooo cute and I am just speechless! Wow!The fonts are brilliant! I love how the fonts change, there are smaller ones and bigger ones with fading colours which is just superb!The story is so adorable and unique! Lance is a great student but even though he is great, he is still bullied by his other leaf classmates. The story is so charming. I love how Lance finally got the courage to do what he has to do. Conclusion:The story is the cutest I have ever read! The artworks, fonts & story is amazing! This is such a wonderful story that I would want my future children to read!If you’re a fan of Children’s story this is definitely a must read. Children’s fiction are definitely not only for children! If you’re a fan definitely push for it!Thank you so much to NetGalley for this ARC.
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  • La Coccinelle
    January 1, 1970
    I... really don't know what to make of this.The text is solid. The illustrations are appealing. The facts about leaves that are woven into the plot and included in Lance's report card at the end are interesting.But this story is just weird. Basically, it's about a leaf being encouraged to essentially commit suicide by his teacher and peers. I mean, when a leaf falls from a tree, it dies. Lance had every right to be scared! It just seemed very odd that the teacher (who was the tree he was attache I... really don't know what to make of this.The text is solid. The illustrations are appealing. The facts about leaves that are woven into the plot and included in Lance's report card at the end are interesting.But this story is just weird. Basically, it's about a leaf being encouraged to essentially commit suicide by his teacher and peers. I mean, when a leaf falls from a tree, it dies. Lance had every right to be scared! It just seemed very odd that the teacher (who was the tree he was attached to) was encouraging him to end his life, especially since the book completely glosses over that part of a leaf's life cycle.I guess this would be okay for kids who aren't going to pick up on the morbid aspects of the text. But for older readers, Mrs. Timber's tactics might seem creepy and predatory. Yes, leaves must fall. But I've seen trees with straggling leaves that manage to hang on long past all the others. Why was the teacher so obsessed with all her students getting to the ground to begin the process of decay? (Easy for her to say. She's the one who benefited from all her students' hard work.)Thank you to NetGalley and Capstone Editions for providing a digital ARC.
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  • Cam
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you netgalley and publisher for this book to review. Cute book children’s book with really beautiful graphics. This gives a child the insight has life lessons ... that life can be challenging and hard but you can get through it.
  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
    January 1, 1970
    Suitable for 4-5 years of age. I loved the cover and the illustration! For picture books, most of everything about them lies in the illustrations and this one didn't disappoint me at all. The art work is vivid and the right kind of colourful. The different objects stood out and the character illustration is so damn amazing! The art sequence is maintained well till the end. However, I feel the story is a bit unreasonable and somewhat disconnected considering the main character to be a leaf and th Suitable for 4-5 years of age. I loved the cover and the illustration! For picture books, most of everything about them lies in the illustrations and this one didn't disappoint me at all. The art work is vivid and the right kind of colourful. The different objects stood out and the character illustration is so damn amazing! The art sequence is maintained well till the end. However, I feel the story is a bit unreasonable and somewhat disconnected considering the main character to be a leaf and the main story is about school and grading. It seems like it might confuse the kids. I felt weird reading about leaves and grading them for just going through their natural process of falling down a tree. But I still appreciate the encouraging motivational simple dialogues.I enjoyed a lot reading this one especially the illustrations. Thank you #NetGalley for providing me an arc of #TheVeryLastLeaf.
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  • Lyndie
    January 1, 1970
    Super cute and easy read that teaches about how the leaves on trees change through the seasons. The story is fun because its told from one young leafs perspective. He grows and changes but come Fall he is scared to take the plunge off his tree. Lance will be the last to leave his tree.The book isnt just cute its educational. It talks about the different types of trees. Lance cottonwood comes from a deciduous tree but the book also has trees like the evergreen who dont loose their leaves. The boo Super cute and easy read that teaches about how the leaves on trees change through the seasons. The story is fun because its told from one young leafs perspective. He grows and changes but come Fall he is scared to take the plunge off his tree. Lance will be the last to leave his tree.The book isnt just cute its educational. It talks about the different types of trees. Lance cottonwood comes from a deciduous tree but the book also has trees like the evergreen who dont loose their leaves. The book also contains a small glossary at the end with tree terms. This book also has a few important life lessons for young readers. Its okay to be scared and its okay to last. Be last isnt a failure. With love and support from family and friends we too can overcome our fears and hardships.Lastly the illustrations in this book are super cute. Love all the cute little faces on the leaves. The colors are also beautiful and make you feel the seasons. This is a great little book to incorporate into learning about the seasons and the impact they have on trees. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.This cute book is a great book to help teach young children about how some things in life can be a challenge or be scary or daunting to them but with courage and support they can achieve anything.This book is also a great book to teach children about science as it has scientific words relating to trees and seasons.A fabulous book to share with all children!
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  • Jessica Haider
    January 1, 1970
    Lance Cottonwood is a leaf. He loves school and learning about things like photosynthesis. But, he is worried about his big final exam: falling from the tree. He feels a lot of anxiety about falling out of the tree and wishes he was an evergreen live his friend Doug Fir. This picture book is a fun and educational read that will teach kids about deciduous trees. It also has a moral to not let worry and anxiety take over your life. This is a great book to read with elementary aged kids. I received Lance Cottonwood is a leaf. He loves school and learning about things like photosynthesis. But, he is worried about his big final exam: falling from the tree. He feels a lot of anxiety about falling out of the tree and wishes he was an evergreen live his friend Doug Fir. This picture book is a fun and educational read that will teach kids about deciduous trees. It also has a moral to not let worry and anxiety take over your life. This is a great book to read with elementary aged kids. I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Teresa | PluckyChicken
    January 1, 1970
    The Very Last Leaf by Stef Wade will be a good back-to-school book for kids. Lance Cottonwood is the brightest student in his class. He excels in everything, until it comes to exam time. You see, Lance is afraid to fall and he is afraid of failure. Luckily after speaking about his fears to his teacher, he feels much better and takes the leap! The Very Last Leaf will show kids it's okay to be scared, they don't always have to "get" things right away, and expressing their feelings can be really he The Very Last Leaf by Stef Wade will be a good back-to-school book for kids. Lance Cottonwood is the brightest student in his class. He excels in everything, until it comes to exam time. You see, Lance is afraid to fall and he is afraid of failure. Luckily after speaking about his fears to his teacher, he feels much better and takes the leap! The Very Last Leaf will show kids it's okay to be scared, they don't always have to "get" things right away, and expressing their feelings can be really helpful.
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  • Etienne
    January 1, 1970
    Cute illustrations in a very yellowish fall colors tone, I find them beautiful. The story is also very good with a strong message that can be really helpful to talk about fear with children. Good job!
  • Storywraps
    January 1, 1970
    Lance Cottonwood is a very smart leaf, why he is one of the brightest in his class. He passes his tests and exams with ease... except for one... the final one! "This test would take him from the top of his sturdy tree to the grass down below." Oh my! How scary is that? All the other leaves can't wait to take the plunge but as they all depart Lance becomes more and more anxious and afraid to disengage because soon it will be his turn to go. He makes up excuses to delay his departure and as he wai Lance Cottonwood is a very smart leaf, why he is one of the brightest in his class. He passes his tests and exams with ease... except for one... the final one! "This test would take him from the top of his sturdy tree to the grass down below." Oh my! How scary is that? All the other leaves can't wait to take the plunge but as they all depart Lance becomes more and more anxious and afraid to disengage because soon it will be his turn to go. He makes up excuses to delay his departure and as he waits he imagines all the scary scenarios that can possibly happen to him when he does. Poor guy. His classmates sense his apprehension and fearfulness and begin mocking him calling him names. "I guess he's not good at everything.""He's a sacredly leaf!" Can Lance overcome his fright and take the downward flight like his friends so easily managed to do? This sweet book is a perfect conversation starter to help kids open up and share fears that might be troubling them. I like the way the leaves that have succeeded in their descent all praise Lance's bravery and make him feel so happy at what he has accomplished. The book touts encouragement and hope and the fact that fears can be faced head on and conquered. I also like the Progress Report Card at the end of the book rating Lance's performances throughout the year by his teacher. It is liberating to know that he did not receive A's on every subject and eludes to the fact that you don't have to be best at everything you tackle. The illustrations are very well done and Lance is a sweet, relatable character.Some reviewers seem disturbed that the ending is too morbid because Lance knows that once he jumps that will be the end of him. I would rather be more optimistic and positive. Lance now will become part of some beautiful rich compost that will give life-giving nutrients to a brand new cottonwood tree. He will part of that tree and many, many more to come. His future can be very bright. I highly recommend this book.
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  • Carmen (TheReadingTrashQueen)
    January 1, 1970
    A huge thanks to NetGalley and Capstone for providing me with a free eARC in return for an honest reviewLet's just start off with the most obvious: The art of this book is absolutely stunning. There is no way around it. I hate the color orange, but when it's in these tones with an autumn-y feel, I just love the warmth of it. The only thing slightly bothering me about the art is that the female leaf's nerfs seemed to be more flow-y. I'm not sure why the leaves had to have genders at all, but that A huge thanks to NetGalley and Capstone for providing me with a free eARC in return for an honest reviewLet's just start off with the most obvious: The art of this book is absolutely stunning. There is no way around it. I hate the color orange, but when it's in these tones with an autumn-y feel, I just love the warmth of it. The only thing slightly bothering me about the art is that the female leaf's nerfs seemed to be more flow-y. I'm not sure why the leaves had to have genders at all, but that's the only thing I can find fault in.The story itself is also very cute, and teaches some very important and valuable lessons to kids about fear, anxiety, and fear of failure, of always wanting to be perfect. The problem in the execution is that leaves die when they fall from the tree, which just implicates a lot of not-so-good things, especially about the teacher, Mrs. Timber. However, in this book the fallen leaves are shown to be happy and celebrating their graduation, so perhaps that's the one scientific thing Wade has changed.Because that's another thing: without you realizing it (or well, the kids), you are learning about the cycle of trees and their leaves. It becomes very apparent in Lance's report card, and I really like that touch! Educational in all aspects! All in all I really like this book (and I can't stop staring at the art!) but the implications need to be known before reading this with your kid, so you can be prepared for questions!
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  • Lizz DiCesare
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this children's book so much! The artwork was absolutely stunning, and the story focused on encouraging a little leaf to to get over his fears and face reality. I'll admit it was a bit strange seeing a teacher encourage a leaf to fall off a tree (since that's how leaves die?), but the moral of the story was with regards to facing your fears and finding the encouragement and confidence to succeed, which is an excellent message for children. I also liked the different depths this book offe I loved this children's book so much! The artwork was absolutely stunning, and the story focused on encouraging a little leaf to to get over his fears and face reality. I'll admit it was a bit strange seeing a teacher encourage a leaf to fall off a tree (since that's how leaves die?), but the moral of the story was with regards to facing your fears and finding the encouragement and confidence to succeed, which is an excellent message for children. I also liked the different depths this book offered. At the surface level, it's a simple story with wonderful illustrations. For children who may be a bit older, they will also hear words and terms such as "photosynthesis" and "pigment changing" which will allow them to learn about these processes, and the science behind it. As a result, the book presents great opportunities to learn at different levels!Thank you to the publisher (Capstone Editions) for providing me with a digital ARC of this book via NetGalley. The Very Last Leaf will hit shelves in August 2020.
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  • Leslie
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley and Capstone for the early review copy.Lance Cottonwood is the brightest leaf in class. He's aced all of his classes, but when faced with his final exam of falling, he's too scared to take the leap. He watches his friends do it, and even though he'd rather stay on the limb, with some encouragement from his teacher and a little bit of courage, maybe he'll be able to pass his final.This book was super cute, and super informative. Not only does it teach kids about finding themse Thanks to Netgalley and Capstone for the early review copy.Lance Cottonwood is the brightest leaf in class. He's aced all of his classes, but when faced with his final exam of falling, he's too scared to take the leap. He watches his friends do it, and even though he'd rather stay on the limb, with some encouragement from his teacher and a little bit of courage, maybe he'll be able to pass his final.This book was super cute, and super informative. Not only does it teach kids about finding themselves and learning to work through and face their fears, but there's some quality information about trees and plant life in here as well, including two types of trees and some helpful information about the life cycle of plants. There are some big words and concepts that, presented in this fun way, will help kids understand even more about the world around them.This one's out in September, and I am looking forward to more books by Stef Wade, and those illustrated by Jennifer Davison
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  • Vivien
    January 1, 1970
    I was provided an ARC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Very Last Leaf is a super adorable picture book about facing your next step and being afraid of the inevitable changes of the future. We follow the story of a A-student leaf which now has to master it's last test - fall from the tree. Which, it discoveres, might be something it is not yet ready to do.I really enjoyed this short book and the beautiful art. I think it's a great opener to get your small kids I was provided an ARC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Very Last Leaf is a super adorable picture book about facing your next step and being afraid of the inevitable changes of the future. We follow the story of a A-student leaf which now has to master it's last test - fall from the tree. Which, it discoveres, might be something it is not yet ready to do.I really enjoyed this short book and the beautiful art. I think it's a great opener to get your small kids to open up to you about their fears and take away their shame of admitting that the future and changes can be pretty scary. As an adult I have a few questions about the ending and I think it's a bit too optimistic and black and white, but it still leaves (see what I am doing here) you with a smile. Even though it might be a little bittersweet for the older readers.
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  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    Coming from a school librarian perspective, this book touches on so many important topics that I can easily see being incorporated into multiple school lessons. It first touches on autumn's changing leaves and sprinkles a few advanced vocabulary words, like "photosynthesis", throughout. For this reason, I think that it is better suited as a read-aloud where you can discuss the meaning of these words as you come across them. It also has a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) ties because the leaf is w Coming from a school librarian perspective, this book touches on so many important topics that I can easily see being incorporated into multiple school lessons. It first touches on autumn's changing leaves and sprinkles a few advanced vocabulary words, like "photosynthesis", throughout. For this reason, I think that it is better suited as a read-aloud where you can discuss the meaning of these words as you come across them. It also has a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) ties because the leaf is worried about falling and wants to stay like his friend, an evergreen, even though he is meant to fall and his friend is not. The topic of worry, comparison, and confidence are all feelings my students can relate to in school and at home; I think this is a great way to incorporate SEL into science curriculum.
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  • Serena
    January 1, 1970
    **Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**This was a really sweet book about moving on and the challenges that can come with accepting that change is going to happen.It was a beautifully illustrated picture book about a leaf who excels at everything but when it come time to pass his final test and leave everything he knows - he is reluctant to change and tries to think of ways to delay the inevitable.This **Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**This was a really sweet book about moving on and the challenges that can come with accepting that change is going to happen.It was a beautifully illustrated picture book about a leaf who excels at everything but when it come time to pass his final test and leave everything he knows - he is reluctant to change and tries to think of ways to delay the inevitable.This was a great picture books that can encourage children to think about change and how even if we try our very best, things do not stay the same forever, it is how they look at the challenge of change that makes them who they are.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    This is a bright and color book about death.That's all I can figure out here. It is how leaves leave the tree in the fall, because they are deciduous, and that's what happens, and the tree, his teacher, keeps telling Lance to, well, jump, jump, jump.I mean, I know leaves fall. That is not the point. But in this book, the leaves are a "class" and the tree is the "teacher". And the "teacher" wants the leaves to die, and fall off her.If this isn't a book about death and dying, I'm not sure what it This is a bright and color book about death.That's all I can figure out here. It is how leaves leave the tree in the fall, because they are deciduous, and that's what happens, and the tree, his teacher, keeps telling Lance to, well, jump, jump, jump.I mean, I know leaves fall. That is not the point. But in this book, the leaves are a "class" and the tree is the "teacher". And the "teacher" wants the leaves to die, and fall off her.If this isn't a book about death and dying, I'm not sure what it is. It almost made me cry.Thanks to Netgalley for making this book avialbe for an honest review.
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  • Jennie Seaman
    January 1, 1970
    This book was super adorable. In this book Lance Cottonwood is at the top of his class in school. But when he gets to his final exam of letting go and falling to the ground, he can't seem to get past his fear. Can he face his fear with the help of his teacher?I really enjoyed this book. I liked that Lance seemed like he had it all together but inside he was really scared. It teaches kids that everyone has fears that they don't necessarily show. And I loved that Lance talked his fears through wit This book was super adorable. In this book Lance Cottonwood is at the top of his class in school. But when he gets to his final exam of letting go and falling to the ground, he can't seem to get past his fear. Can he face his fear with the help of his teacher?I really enjoyed this book. I liked that Lance seemed like he had it all together but inside he was really scared. It teaches kids that everyone has fears that they don't necessarily show. And I loved that Lance talked his fears through with his teacher and was able to see that he could face them. Overall, this was super adorable and I will be looking for it in September to buy for my niece! *eARC provided in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Kannan
    January 1, 1970
    The very last Leaf is a super cute picture book about a leaf who is excelling at school until one day it is his turn to fall from the tree. The illustrations and colors are attractive to the reader and the text is easy to read. However, I'm unsure about the actual syntax of the dialogue. The premise of a school for leaves and that they have to jump off the tree as their final was strange. I'm unsure about the appeal of the actual text to primary readers whom this subject would appeal to. The ill The very last Leaf is a super cute picture book about a leaf who is excelling at school until one day it is his turn to fall from the tree. The illustrations and colors are attractive to the reader and the text is easy to read. However, I'm unsure about the actual syntax of the dialogue. The premise of a school for leaves and that they have to jump off the tree as their final was strange. I'm unsure about the appeal of the actual text to primary readers whom this subject would appeal to. The illustrations are super attractive and would appeal to young readers.The publisher generously provided me with a copy of the book upon request on NetGalley. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
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  • Elise
    January 1, 1970
    The Very Last Leaf by Stef Wade is an adorable children's book about facing your fears and being brave. I absolutely loved this book! The illustrations are beautiful, the writing is simple and clear and the message is short but strong.I truly feel like this book can teach children about what it means to be scared, to talk about your fears and what it means to let go. But I also feel like this could teach adults (teachers, parents, etc.) about how to talk to children about their fears, how to tea The Very Last Leaf by Stef Wade is an adorable children's book about facing your fears and being brave. I absolutely loved this book! The illustrations are beautiful, the writing is simple and clear and the message is short but strong.I truly feel like this book can teach children about what it means to be scared, to talk about your fears and what it means to let go. But I also feel like this could teach adults (teachers, parents, etc.) about how to talk to children about their fears, how to teach them that it's okay to be scared.This book is an educational experience, both about things like photosynthesis and the seasons, and about how to tackle fears and perfectionism. A truly enjoyable experience, for kids and adults reading it.
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  • Amit Verma
    January 1, 1970
    This graphic fable is about a leaf.Leaves on tree are compared to a classroom where everyone has to do the meaningful work which their training inspires them to do.It is about a leaf who compares himself to someone who is not like him and tries to unnaturally copy him.This leads to inevitable failure.Finally with guidance of techers and friends our leaf comes to face reality.Artwork is ok, not exceptional.Writing is good, simple, well-suited for reading by kids. Story is engaging and enjoyable.I This graphic fable is about a leaf.Leaves on tree are compared to a classroom where everyone has to do the meaningful work which their training inspires them to do.It is about a leaf who compares himself to someone who is not like him and tries to unnaturally copy him.This leads to inevitable failure.Finally with guidance of techers and friends our leaf comes to face reality.Artwork is ok, not exceptional.Writing is good, simple, well-suited for reading by kids. Story is engaging and enjoyable.I liked the concept and message conveyed.Thanks netgalley and publisher for review copy.
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  • Romma ♡
    January 1, 1970
    I actually read this one to my daughters (4 & 7) both absolutely loved it. They loved little Lance and learning more in detail about the life cycle of leaves. I was worried when the more technical terms came along, but sincerely appreciated that it was soon after explained. The illustration was wonder and not too overwhelming. I'm eager to buy a copy of this book to share with my friends who teach elementary aged children. I think this book is wonder and am eager to see if there are others that I actually read this one to my daughters (4 & 7) both absolutely loved it. They loved little Lance and learning more in detail about the life cycle of leaves. I was worried when the more technical terms came along, but sincerely appreciated that it was soon after explained. The illustration was wonder and not too overwhelming. I'm eager to buy a copy of this book to share with my friends who teach elementary aged children. I think this book is wonder and am eager to see if there are others that make learning about scientific facts easy, cute and understandable for kids. My rating is based solely on the target audience and in my case my young childrens reaction.
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  • Margarida (mbooksbycandlelight)
    January 1, 1970
    The illustrations were a bit repetitive. I wish the characters didn’t all look so similar. Even if they’re leaves from the same tree there could have been some improvement in the character design. The message felt too simplistic for the language level used. I was a bit bothered by the fact that when leaves fall, they die and yet the message seemed to e that it’s okay to “fall”. The whole death metaphor seemed strange.I received an eArk via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Tara
    January 1, 1970
    I received an arc of this title from NetGalley for an honest review. This is an excellent book about excelling and being afraid too. There's a great message for kids to learn in this bright and fun picture book.
  • Miranda
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fairly cute book about a leaf who was afraid to leave the tree. I wouldn't say that it was spectacular though. The idea was good, but more could have been done with the story line.
  • Mimi
    January 1, 1970
    My attention span has been shot by too much staring at a screen so of course I'm reading and adoring illustrated books for toddlers and children, let me have my fun.
  • Britt
    January 1, 1970
    The Very Last Leaf is about Lance Cottonwood. He is at the top of his class with A's in wind resistance and photosynthesis. However, Lance is afraid to fall. But after talking to his nice teacher Mrs. Timber, he knows that it is okay to be scared and let's go... And graduates on top of his class!This picture book took me by surprise. I had no idea that it can enable parents to talk to their children about being scared and anxious. But that is precisely why I think this would make such a good boo The Very Last Leaf is about Lance Cottonwood. He is at the top of his class with A's in wind resistance and photosynthesis. However, Lance is afraid to fall. But after talking to his nice teacher Mrs. Timber, he knows that it is okay to be scared and let's go... And graduates on top of his class!This picture book took me by surprise. I had no idea that it can enable parents to talk to their children about being scared and anxious. But that is precisely why I think this would make such a good book to read to your children.
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  • Cassie
    January 1, 1970
    ceived an eARC copy of this book from the publisher. Here is my honest review.That cute little leaf on the cover made me request this book and I am so glad that I did. Jennifer Davison did a beautiful job illustrating this picture book; the first thing we see in picture books are the illustrations so it's important to get it right. There is a simplicity to her work that is deceiving as it is full of detail that keeps the focus on Lance and the other leaves. A picture book can't rely solely on il ceived an eARC copy of this book from the publisher. Here is my honest review.That cute little leaf on the cover made me request this book and I am so glad that I did. Jennifer Davison did a beautiful job illustrating this picture book; the first thing we see in picture books are the illustrations so it's important to get it right. There is a simplicity to her work that is deceiving as it is full of detail that keeps the focus on Lance and the other leaves. A picture book can't rely solely on illustrations - it's got to have a strong message and skilled writing to convey the message. Truly great picture books are those that have something for young children to older children and even to adults. Wade skillfully weaves twists of phrases that are common in our speech but add humor to the book. Younger readers may miss these but what an excellent way to begin to introduce them to these phrases and concepts. This book has both great illustrations and an empowering message that is true for anyone, no matter their age. As an educator, this book has a lot to offer in the classroom. At first glance, it's a wonderful way to bring literacy into a science lesson on the life cycle of plants, specifically leaves, as well as how plants work including concepts such as photosynthesis and a simple explanation as to why leaves change their color. Wade uses rich vocabulary like jealous, sturdy and quivering to explore the growth and emotions that Lance has. Finally, this book is an excellent choice to strengthen social-emotional skills. Whether we are 4, 10, 15, 35 or 72, we all have moments of the unknown that can cause us to hesitate out of fear, which is where Lance finds himself when Autumn comes. I appreciate that Wade doesn't just send the message to "face your fear and jump" but to talk about your worry, prepare and then leap with confidence, all in a gentle, encouraging way. Certainly this is a great book to open the discussion for preschoolers as they are faced with so many new experiences in their world that can cause them concern. If we examine childhood in full, we will see that this is true for our middle grade students, our pre-teens, and our teenagers. I could see this book being used for all of those ages, with varying depth of discussion. There is one element that I find slightly confusing in this book. The book begins with a reference to Lance's "first day of school in the Spring". This will be confusing to young readers as we start school in the fall here in the states. It makes perfect sense when you think about the life cycle of a leaf. I am not sure if this book would be great for fall when we talk about leaves changing color and falling or for spring when we talk about life cycles. As I first began to read this book, I had a thought that this would be a wonderful graduation present for a high school senior, much in the way that Oh the Places You'll Go has been used. As much as we would like to think that life is smooth sailing, we know that there are bumps and potholes along the journey. What an inspiring message to send that you believe a graduate has done so well and will continue to do so. I gave this book: ★★★★★★★★★★ = I loved it
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