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The Very Last Leaf
The Very Last Leaf
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The Very Last Leaf

by Stef Wade
Illustrated by Jennifer Davison

Lance Cottonwood is the best and brightest of the leaves, but even the top students on the tree have worries. Can Lance conquer his fear of falling and just let go when the time comes for his final exam, or will he let his worries take over? In this funny and encouraging picture book, best-selling author Stef Wade (A Place for Pluto) tells an engaging story and deftly addresses social and emotional struggles many kids encounter each day...feeling anxious, wanting to be perfect, facing fears, etc. These themes combined with illustrator Jennifer Davison's delightful characters and rich autumnal colors make The Very Last Leaf a perfect book for the start of a new school year, the arrival of autumn, or any period of transition in life.

Reading LevelGrades K-2
Interest LevelGrades K-2
Lexile LevelAD570L
ATOS Level3.3
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #509349
Text TypeLiterature: Narrative
PublisherCapstone Editions
BrandCapstone Editions
Page Dimensions9 1/4" x 10 1/4"
Page Count32
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Kirkus Reviews

""This jaunty, endearing autumn story might help anxious youngsters confront their own apprehension at facing worrisome experiences. Even though Lance literally lets go, he doesn’t let go of his fears but rather understands and accepts them—and performs the scary activity anyway, feeling proud of himself afterward. Besides reassuring readers, the tale provides some facts about trees. . . . A reassuring story that should leave readers feeling a bit more self-confident. "" - Kirkus Reviews

May 1, 2020

School Library Journal - Amy Shepherd, St. Anne’s Episcopal Sch., Middleton, DE

"A confidence-boosting picture book for early childhood and elementary students, this illustrates that even the most confident and seemingly successful people have vulnerabilities. Lance learns to be comfortable with his authentic self and lets go of his fears and insecurities—his schooling has prepared him for this. . . . A great choice for addressing social emotional development in the areas of anxiety and perfectionism, and as a bonus, scientific facts about Lanceleaf ­Cottonwoods are included." - School Library Journal

July 1, 2020

Stef Wade

Stef Wade

Stef Wade used to write about cardboard boxes, but thinks writing books is far more exciting. She was the co-creator and writer for the former cooking and home blog Haute Apple Pie. Stef holds a BA in advertising from Marquette University and an MBA in Integrated Marketing Communication from DePaul University. Stef is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She currently resides in the greater Milwaukee area with her husband and three boys.

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