Source: From Netgalley and Plum Blossom in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.
Publisher: Plum Blossom
Publication Date: October 31, 2017
This fable of a little leaf looking for his purpose will delight children and their caretakers.
The whirling, swirling adventures of an ordinary little leaf high on a tree, struggling to find its purpose. The leaf watches baby birds break out of their shells and grow until they learn to fly. Caterpillars wrap themselves in silk and emerge as magnificent butterflies. Warm sunny days get shorter and windy chilly nights grow longer. The little leaf is terribly worried that it should be transforming too. It no longer noticed anything other than the thoughts spinning in its head. The leaf held on to the tree with all its might, growing exhausted as increasingly cooler winds blew. Then one day, the leaf noticed it had become a beautiful crimson color. And it became aware that maybe, maybe it was time for the leaf to fly too. The leaf was very tired, so it just let go. As it danced and twirled to the ground in the amber sunlight, the leaf finally learns its own unique purpose.
I received this book for review and was a little sad when I got only the text and no images/ illustration - I hope that when you pick it up the pictures are amazing. *
The text of the book was beautiful. The story is about a leaf trying to find his purpose and learning about birds and caterpillars. The leaf gets so wrapped up in the animals around it, it forgets to appreciate the world around it. When it finally does it learns its purpose. The story is absolutely uplifting and relatable, even though it is from the point of view of a leaf. I think that with the illustrations this is going to an even more gorgeous book all around and I cannot wait to find it on the shelves.
*The publicist was nice enough to email me a copy of the book with all the images, they are just as gorgeous as expected and I loved re-reading the book with the wonderful illustrations to match.