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Leif and the Fall

Leif and the Fall

Illustrated by Merrilee Liddiard


Leif and the Fall

About the Book

Persistence and creativity can lead to amazing things, as Leif the leaf discovers in this lovely storybook from Allison Sweet Grant and Adam Grant, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Originals.

Leif is a leaf. A worried leaf. It is autumn, and Leif is afraid to fall. "All leaves fall in the fall," say the other leaves. But Leif is determined to find a different way down, and with his friend Laurel, he uses the resources around him to create a net, a kite, a parachute in hopes of softening his landing. The clock is ticking, the wind is blowing. What will happen when a gust of wind pulls Leif from his branch?

In a culture that prizes achievement, kids are often afraid to fail--failing to realize that some of the very ideas that don't work are steps along the path to ones that will.

Product Details

On sale: September 8, 2020
Age: 5-8 years
Grade: Grades K-3
Page count: 32 Pages
ISBN: 9781984815491
Reading level: Lexile: AD540L | Fountas/Pinnell: L

Author Bio

Allison Sweet Grant is a writer published in the New York Times and the Atlantic; she holds dual master's degrees from the University of Michigan. Adam Grant is a psychologist and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Originals; his TED talk on original thinking has been viewed over 15 million times. After working together on a previous book, The Gift Inside the Box, Allison and Adam were excited to write this book to encourage kids to keep pursuing their creative ideas.

Merrilee Liddiard is an illustrator and designer who creates hand painted heirloom-rag dolls and is the author of Playful: Fun Projects to Make With + For Kids. She has contributed to Family Fun, Parent & Child, and La Petite magazines, has illustrated several picture books and middle grade novels, and is the creator of the popular Mermagblog.com.


A Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Bestseller

"A clever and triumphant tale by the Grants showcasing how even discarded ideas can build a foundation for great things. Kids will love examining the mixed media and digital collage creations of Liddiard." —School Library Journal

"The narrative is written in present tense—a clever choice to underscore the immediacy of Leif’s anxiety . . . A polished, clever take on the falling-leaf narrative." —Kirkus

"Liddiard's mixed-media illustrations, in appropriately autumnal hues, depict the expressive, anthropomorphized leaf characters, along with other creatures, such as inchworms and ladybugs . . . this highlights the rewards of supportive friendship and the worthy notion that even failures may have value." —Booklist