A Leaf Can Be is imaginative nonfiction at its best. By exploring the different jobs a leaf could have from mouth filler to ground warmer, rain stopper to nest warmer this book is a great discussion starter to use with children to see if they can think of other jobs leafs play in nature or as an jumping to board to create fiction based on one of these jobs. This book also lends itself well to studying the seasons as all four seasons are represented in this book as well.
Violetta Dabija has created stunning illustrations for this book. Muted colors are used and layered to create an almost luminescent feel. The expressions on the animals and people throughout the book are charmingly expressive.
At the end of the book is a section called More About Leaves. Each leaf job is more fully explained here. These simple descriptions lend themselves to science connections and inquiry. A small glossary and bibliography of print resources about leaves complete this nonfiction offering that would be a great fit for any elementary school classroom or library.