This is the story of one little leaf (go figure, right?) and his quest to become the biggest, best-est leaf he can be. Only problem? No matter what he tries, he doesn't seem to grow ANY bigger...much like the Grinch's heart only without the shrinking. He stretches, he tugs, he rustles and he sways all to no avail...until one day, on the advice of a friend he tries spending more of his time in the sun. The results? Nothing dramatic at first, merely a warmed "body" here and a well fed leaf there, but eventually as time goes by something remarkable happens...something that will have readers cheering for the little leaf near and far. That my friends is where the lesson comes in...
Now you may be wondering, what sort of lesson could a story like this teach? I understand, I had to ponder it myself upon book's end. No lie! I was moved by the story and thoroughly captivated by the artwork (such unexpected detail abounds) but when things were finished I needed a moment to see where our journey had taken us. The final destination...an understanding that we are NOT alone in our struggles in life nor in our growth. We may want to take sole credit for our accomplishments and I'm not saying you shouldn't be proud of them, just remember everything that went into reaching that goal. Every step taken, every turn made, every influence received...they all go into the final product, in this case...molding you into the person you are or intend to be.
In conclusion, a surprisingly touching story about one little leaf that is really about us all. It's a reminder that it's okay to seek the help of others, in fact, it's encouraged because each encounter can enrich not only our life experience the world over but help us reach the "me" we truly wish to be. Bookmarks up to both the author and illustrator for creating such a beautiful and winning combination. This ebook was just released earlier this week; to snag a copy for your "to-read" list, simply click over to Amazon to begin your journey.
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