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by David Ezra Stein

Published by Putnam, 2007
32 pages
ISBN: 9780399246364

Ages 2-5

A young bear in his first year is joyful until the leaves begin to turn and fall. “Are you okay?” he asks the first leaf he sees on the ground. Overwhelmed by changes, the young bear finally slumbers while the world around him continues to transform. When the bear eventually awakens, it is to the sight of small buds “on the bare arms of the trees” and small leaves unfurling. “Welcome!” he cries. David Ezra Stein’s tender, lovely picture book celebrates nature’s wonder and a gentle, open heart. The author/artist’s text and captivating illustrations are a sophisticated, graceful pairing imbued with childlike innocence.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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