Bibliographic Information: Ehlert, Lois. Leaf Man. Orlando: Harcourt, 2005.
Leaf Man is a little man with leaves for his body. He used to live near the narrator, but was blown away by the wind. He went east past chickens, ducks, and geese. “A Leaf Man’s got to go where the wind blows.” He blew past fields of vegetables. He might have drifted above orchards or meadows. He might be on a breeze over a lake, travelling with leaves that look like him. The narrator listens for rustling leaves for Leaf Man’s return.
Quantitative Reading Level: Lexile: 310
Qualitative Reading Analysis:
This book is written in third-person about Leaf Man, although the narrator speaks in first person.The story focuses on Leaf Man’s travels. It teaches the reader to appreciate nature. All of the illustrations of the book are made out of real leaves cleverly grouped together to form shapes of animals, plants, nature, and Leaf Man himself. The tops of the pages are die-cut, to reveal other pages behind them.
Content Area: English, Nature
Content Area Standard:
- CCSS for Literature for K-5: #3 Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details; #7 Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events; #10 Read and comprehend literature in grade level text complexity range.
- CCSS for Informational Text for K-5: #6 Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text; #7 Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
- CCSS for Foundational Skills for K-5: #4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
This is a great modern book to use in English Language Arts Curriculum. It can also be used as part of the Science Curriculum to teach about different shapes and colors of leaves. It is best suited to kindergarten and 1st grade. It explores themes like adventure and nature.