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Thursday, December 13, 2012

We ALL Need Somebody to 'Leaf' On...

Why hello there!
Fancy meeting you here once again.  I mean I know I've already had a review go LIVE today but you know sometimes life, even the bookish aspect, can be unexpected...offering you little jewels you need to share while the magic is fresh, tangible.  Such is the case here.

Consider this an impromptu Xist Publishing Day because the next title I'm about to introduce you to is once again from their virtual shelves.  I know, I know...I don't usually do ebooks.  I didn't say they weren't handy if out and about and in need of something to read when you've finished your current paper book, nor did I say that I wouldn't read them if that was the ONLY means of accessing the title...I simply said I prefer PAPER books. Anywho, back to the show here....

Selection number two of the day is not a seasonal title per se as it features no "days of Christmas", reindeer, jolly old chubby guys or little people in pointed shoes, but its message is perfect just the same.  It's one of those titles that can be read any time of year and still hit home for readers young and young at heart.  Without further ado, today's second book of choice is...

Adam Shaeffer
illustrated by
Turbo Qualls

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 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.

Special thanks to Calee at Xist Publishing for the ebook for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title as well as their complete virtual catalog, be sure to visit their official site, add them to your circles on Google+, like them on Facebook or follow along on Twitter.

Until next time...happy reading!

1 comment:

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Wow, all sorts of little things to write about that can be turned around to have meaning for kids. Great review.

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