Fiddleheads to Fir Trees: Leaves in All Seasons

by Joanne Linden and Laurie Caple

The opening page spread of this lovely volume features a poem titled "Fiddleheads"... read more

The opening page spread of this lovely volume features a poem titled "Fiddleheads" ("Tight green coils like scarved scrolls on a violin...") and facts about these feathery leaves on baby ferns in spring. The final double-page spread features a concrete, evergreen-shaped poem, "Balsam Fir" ("In one breath memory awakens the twinkling lights, glittering ornaments, and brightly wrapped packages. An elegant princess is clad in her holiday garb."), and more about the flat needles of this tree popular at Christmas. In between are twelve additional poems and information about other types of leaves found across the seasons, including the drooping leaves of the willow in summer and the trembling leaves of the quaking aspen in fall. The poems are set against wonderfully composed, deep-hued illustrations further reflecting the beauty of the natural world. (Ages 5-9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2014

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