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Leaves to My Knees

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Leaves to my knees is a lovely little fall story! I read this with my son and we both enjoyed all the fall colors throughout the story used! We used the author’s advice and talked about the comparison of size with the piles of leaves and the rakes used by each family member! My son seemed to enjoy finding and comparing the rakes, as well as seeing the leave piles grow! The scene with the wind and all the swirling leaves was his absolute favorite! It made him want to get his jacket and go head outside to play in the leaves too! All in all we loved this family’s story of a fun day spent outside together playing in the leaves!!
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Leaves To My Knees is a charming book about what might seem like a mundane activity (for adults!), but turns out to be a day of accomplishment for Camille. While I didn't notice the math and measurement theme during my first read, the author's note at the end was helpful and would be a great way to frame this as a read aloud or introduction to 'smaller, bigger, biggest' concepts.
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Such a lovely book, with so much awesome sneaky learning!   On the surface this a warm, sweet tale about a loving family raking leaves together.  They are kind and supportive and genuinely enjoy each other's company and that's great on its own, but it's also a subtle lesson in basic math concepts like comparison, size relationships, and measurement.   Additionally, there's lots of great expressive language to build vocabulary and nice modeling of goal-setting, perseverance, and determination.    I can't wait to get this into my classroom--the kids will love it and get so much out of it!

Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!
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On the surface, this appears to be naught but a sweet story of a family raking leaves into jumpable piles, but, oh-ho, turns out its a math lesson. Here be measurement, and size comparison, and . . . oh, what a sneaky author.

Hey, if I didn't realize the writer was forcing me to learn stuff (about my least favorite subject, no less), kids don't stand a chance.

With adorable illustrations by Nicole Tadgell.
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Thanks to Netgalley and Star Bright Books for a free digital copy.

A great fall book that uses comparing and contrasting to tell the story of raking leaves but also teach about measurements and sizes. A cute story.
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I thought that this book was really good!

The book was well laid out and I loved the writing style.

It had some lovely illustrations that really brought the book to life.  

The story was well planned out and I loved the ending 

It is five stars from me for this one – very highly recommended!
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Leaves To My Knees is a cute book to read in the autumn about raking leaves. Camille, her father and her little brother, Jayden go out to rake leaves. Camille gets her own big rake and wants to rake a pile of leaves to her knees so she can jump in them. It is hard work, the wind blows some away, and her brother takes some. She has to take off her coat until she finally has a pile of leaves to her knees that she and Jayden can jump into. This is a cute story, and one my grandkids identified with. First, they had a coat just like Jayden's that they all wore at one time. They also have a lot of leaves that they love to jump in. The author's notes describe how to use this book to teach children about measurement and comparisons. We went back through it (they wanted me to read it again) and I pointed out a few measurement words, then they found them as well. The oldest added different words like small, big, bigger etc. The illustrations were wonderful showing happiness and other emotions. They were bright, colourful and full of detail. I definitely recommend this book to families, primary classrooms, schools and public libraries.
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Never give up! Camille is determined that THIS time, she's grown enough to rake the high. But the work is hard, her little brother is underfoot, and the wind is the biggest nuisance of all! But, with encouragement from her father, her pile rises and rises.

Most pages are fully illustrated, with even distant buildings and skies given a light watercolor wash. A few pages are given just to Camille and her leaf pile, and I cannot even imagine how much time it took to render those sections in watercolor, as Tadgell took the time to make sure each leaf was discernible, and not part of a flat mass. There's a real volume in the piles. And throughout, you can find birds and squirrele's enjoying the family's yard.

Mayer uses real-life measurements and estimates to help children learn how to size up their world. Camille has grown into a new jacket, so her little brother gets her hand-me-down. The siblings have two different sized rakes, one for play and one for getting the job done. Throughout the book, Camille takes breaks to check the leaves up against her legs, working up and up.
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This sweet and fun book features a fun story and childhood activity, along with beautiful autumn illustrations! Not only is this a fun story children will love, it is also educational as it teaches about different types of measurements. My three year old really loved this one, and I enjoyed all the beautiful fall pictures. Overall, a wonderful book for young children that I look forward to having when it is published.

Thank you Star Bright Books for a digital copy of this book! This book is due for publication 10/14/22. 

💙 Mommy (@𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭.𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐦𝐨𝐦) and Ronan (@𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐤𝐢𝐝) approved ✅  

𝑻𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒓𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒃𝒆 𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒏 𝑰𝒏𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒈𝒓𝒂𝒎 𝒔𝒐𝒐𝒏 𝒂𝒏𝒅  𝑨𝒎𝒂𝒛𝒐𝒏 𝒐𝒏 𝒑𝒖𝒃𝒍𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒅𝒂𝒚!
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Representation: 10
Story: 10
Illustration: 10

Jumping on a pile of leaves is one of children's favourite fall activities. Mayer turned a relatable activity into a fun way to encourage collaboration and introduce math concepts. I love it!

** Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for the ARC in return for an honest review. **
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I really liked the illustrations and the tie in at the end of the book for different ways that caregivers can relate the information to measurements and examples of interactions they can have with their kiddos. The actual story was a little bland but it was by no means difficult to get through.
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This sweet picture book tells the story of a family raking the leaves in their back yard. They use non-standard measurement to compare and describe size, making this book a great opportunity to discuss how we measure things and use vocabulary such as larger, smallest, knee-high etc. The font is easy to read, and often it is black writing on white background so very accessible and there are about 2-5 short lines per page. There are lots of repeated words and sight words, which would make this book perfect for children transitioning into the world of reading. I think this book would be perfect for parents and teachers of children in the 4-8 age range. I would consider using this book as an opportunity to teach a unit on measurement in Grades k-2. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!
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I like books that do more than I expected, and this one does.  It features a father who has given his older child her own new rake, and is using both kids as slave labour to rake the back yard of fallen leaves.  So you might think this is a book about determination and not letting such a thing as a challenging gust of wind knock your plans back too far.  But no, this is actually a book designed to get the young audience more genned up about sizes and size comparisons.  The new rake is bigger than the smaller one the heroine's sibling has been lumbered with (actually the new rake looks like it's going to come crashing down on the little kid's head the way it's being held in one image here, but we'll let that slide), neither of the junior piles are the same size as the father's, etc.  The background wildlife make their own watercoloured story, too, as birds and then squirrels aim for the same feeder.  But in hiding the maths lesson so much that I didn't even see it being delivered, and in  conveying so much when seeming really simple (almost to the point of naivety), I have to call this a great success.  AND a separate edition will have bilingual English and Spanish text...
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