If You Lived Here You'd Be Home By Now

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A crisp fall day in the park. Furry animals... brisk winds... jumping in a big pile of leaves -- OOF! Those aren't leaves; they're a giant leaf creature, visible only to children. But the city is pressing in on the beautiful park -- what does the future hold? Even pre-readers will enjoy discovering nature's secrets in this timely fable without words.

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ED BRIANT is the illustrator of GIZMO, by Barry Varela, and the creator of SEVEN STORIES and DON'T LOOK NOW. His comic strip, Tales from the Slush Pile, appears every Thursday in PUBLISHERS WEEKLY's online Children's Bookshelf. Ed lives in Savannah, GA.

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PreSchool-Grade 2—After a young boy finds an autumn leaf, his father reads him a bedtime story. They tuck the leaf into the book and the boy has a wonderful dream of a forest filled with leaves and animals. Upon waking with book in hand, the child finds the park pictured in his story and starts searching for animals. It seems that all he can find are leaves. When he finds a pile of them, he does what any child would do—he takes a running leap to dive in. He lands with a thud, and appearing out of the leaves is a creature somewhat like an owl. This leafy creature and the boy play and read the boy's book together. With its help, he finds the animals pictured in the book, but they stumble upon a foreboding construction site. The boy returns home and tells his parents what he saw. They dismiss it as childish fantasy, but even as he grows up, the boy thinks about the friendly creature. The boy becomes a father, and when his own son finds the book with the leaf and the park, he sets out to find it. Crisp colors and bold outlines make the illustrations sing, and tell the story without any words. The linear time line is easy to follow even though the subject matter is a bit more abstract. This is a strong companion to Tao Nyeu's Wonder Bear (Dial, 2008), and to environmentally themed books like Bill Peet's The Wump World (Houghton, 1974).—Stacy Dillon, LREI, New York City END

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