Leafy is a sweet little book about a leaf (with expressive eyes and mouth) that doesn't want to blow away in the Autumn with all the other leaves. He watches the world below and enjoys seeing so many things from up high. Eventually the wind does blow hard enough to detach him from his branch. He sees even more of the beautiful world by swirling on the breeze. And when a gust blows him into an open window, he finds a perfect place to rest in the scrapbook of a young boy who loves him.
This digital book is well made with simple settings, easy page turn with arrows, nice narration, and vibrant illustrations. My son really enjoyed reading this tale with me and it is a great choice for bedtime. The book is very short and not animated or interactive, but the story really gives this title all the charm it needs. Leafy himself is such a sweet character and his fear of the unknown makes for a natural conversation with youngsters about life changes they might be nervous about.
Overall this title is a great addition to our reading list. It has the kind of engaging story & illustrations that make it fun to read with a child and it's short length is ideal for bedtime. It is also full of optimism about seeing the world and accepting the natural transitions that come with being alive.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
John Hahn/Nick Striga
4 - 6 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 8
"Leafy" is the name of a leaf. He loves to see the whole world from up in his tree - the kids playing, kites flying and so much more. But as the seasons change, all the leaves turn colors and begin to 'jump' to the ground. Leafy is too scared to leave the tree, so he hangs on, the last leaf left. But then the wind begins to blow. A wise owl tells him to take a chance and try seeing the world from down below. One day the wind sends Leafy down into the world where he floats on the wind. He sees so many wonderful things as he swirls around. Then he is blown into a window and finds himself with a young boy inside a house. The boy likes Leafy and decides to keep him, preserving the leaf in a scrapbook. Leafy is very happy with his new home.