Discover the magic—and the science—behind fall leaves with this companion to the celebrated Raindrops Roll and Best in Snow.
With gorgeous photo illustrations, award-winning author April Pulley Sayre explores the transformation trees undergo in fall. The book takes readers through the leaves’ initial change from green to red, yellow, and orange, the shedding of the leaves, and the leaves crumbling as winter approaches. Extensive back matter explains the science behind this process to the youngest of budding scientists.
In a companion to Best in Snow and Raindrops Roll, Sayre offers a luminous look at autumn leaves, pairing spare verse with crisp photography: "Hello, yellow./ Greetings, gold./ Oh it's orange!/ Red, be bold." Sayre's full-bleed photographs include images of trees laden with vivid leaves, rippling water that transforms unseen leaves above into an abstract display, and the "Margins. Midribs./ Sunlit veins" of a single leaf shown in close-up. Later in the fall, "Trees are ready./ Twigs let go./ Leaves slip and spin./ Wind sweeps leaves blow!" The final stage of decomposition welcomes winter's approach. Sayre's visual tribute to fall foliage gently implores readers to notice the quiet beauty unfolding all around them. A closing spread provides detailed insight into the science behind trees' exquisite autumnal show. Ages 3 8.