A Leaf Can Be...

By Laura Purdie Salas; Violeta Dabija (Illustrator)
(Millbrook Press, Library Binding, 9780761362036, 32pp.)

Publication Date: January 2012

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A smart, sweet, and savvy meditation on form and function as well as a lesson in rhyming and alliteration that explores the many roles of a leaf: "Air Cleaner/Earth Greener. Wind rider/Lake Glider." The inventive text and gentle, collage-like illustrations introduce an immediate way to appreciate how integrated our outdoor environment is, while also encouraging our imagination to take flight. Ages five to eight.

About the Author
As a kid, Laura Purdie Salas devoured books. Her three big sisters taught her to read when she was 4, and she read constantly, ignoring orders from her parents to "Go outside and get some fresh air!" She grew up in Florida and heard these dreaded words year round. When forced outside, she climbed up to her treehouse or lay on the trampoline, reading. Books were magic, and it never occurred to her that real people actually wrote them.

Today, Laura is thrilled to be part of creating that magic for today's kids. She has written more than 120 books for kids and teens, including "Water Can Be..." (Millbrook, 2014), "A Leaf Can Be..." (Millbrook, 2012: Bank Street Best Books, IRA Teachers' Choice, Minnesota Book Award Finalist, Riverby Award for Nature Books for Young Readers, and more), and "BookSpeak! Poems About Books" (Clarion/HMH, 2011: Minnesota Book Award, NCTE Notable, Bank Street Best Books, Eureka! Gold Medal, and more). She loves to visit with students and teachers to share her joy in poetry, books, and language. She is also the author of several how-to poetry books for kids, including "Picture Yourself Writing Poetry" (Capstone, 2011) and "Write Your Own Poetry" (Compass Point, 2008).

Laura and her family live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where it's just a touch cooler than Florida!

Learn more about Laura at laurasalas.com

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