Book Review: Leaf

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This one is a stunner…about a polar bear who washes up onto the banks of a wild forest…where other animals at first fear him, and want him to leave…but then they grow curious and realize that he’s not where he is meant to be.

I won’t give away the ending but my crew loved seeing the other animals overcome their fear of someone different and rally around to help bring Leaf home.

I had such cognitive dissonance about seeing a polar bear romping around forests…and that was apparently on purpose as after we read it I learned that author and illustrator Sandra Dieckmann also wanted to raise awareness of the polar bears plight due to global warming.

It’s a gentle introduction to that concept for young readers.

The illustrations are bright, colorful and exquisitely detailed.

Be prepared for this to be on repeat for a while.


Published in 2017 by Flying Eye Books.

Available from Amazon and Book Depository

Natalie d'Aubermont Thompson

Natalie d'Aubermont Thompson

An avid reader, Natalie offers her perspective on her favorite adult and children's reads over at @livingbythepagewithnatalie on Instagram.Professionally, she is the CEO of Saltar Consulting.
Prior to that she has served as a Team Leader at Chatham Financial Europe in the UK, the Associate Director of the International Center & Admissions at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, the NGO and Policy Coordination Officer at the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and a consultant for the Corporate Executive Board.

She holds a Bachelors in International Relations and Spanish from Tufts University and a Masters in International Relations from the LSE. She is also an accredited practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) as well as a certified CultureActive® cross-cultural trainer. Further, she serves as a guest writer for the Huffington Post.

A truly global citizen, Natalie is Argentine-American and has worked, studied and volunteered in over 35 countries. She currently resides in Ann Arbor, MI with her husband and three children.
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