The Gold Leaf

The Gold Leaf A gold leaf appears in the forest As soon as the animals notice it each wants it than anything else in the world But in their struggle for it the leaf is destroyed Heartbroken the animals wonder Wi

  • Title: The Gold Leaf
  • Author: Kirsten Hall MatthewForsythe
  • ISBN: 9781592702145
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A gold leaf appears in the forest As soon as the animals notice it, each wants it than anything else in the world But in their struggle for it, the leaf is destroyed Heartbroken, the animals wonder Will we ever again see such a leaf After getting an MA in early childhood education, Kirsten Hall taught preschool and elementary school for several years The Jacket,A gold leaf appears in the forest As soon as the animals notice it, each wants it than anything else in the world But in their struggle for it, the leaf is destroyed Heartbroken, the animals wonder Will we ever again see such a leaf After getting an MA in early childhood education, Kirsten Hall taught preschool and elementary school for several years The Jacket, her debut picture book, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2015 This is her second book.Born in Toronto, Matthew Forsythe grew up in London After publishing his first books, he moved to LA, where he worked on Adventure Time He now lives in Montreal, working on animations, picture books, and comics.

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    1. I was reminded in reading this of The Treasure of The Sierra Madre, a tale of the folly of greed as several men risk their lives to find gold. A similar cautionary tale is told here about animals/birds in the forest who covet a single gold leaf.A warbler nabs it, but in turn it is stolen by a chipmunk, a mouse, a deer, and a fox until it is torn to bits. Next spring a gold leaf comes back, but this time they behave differently: “Their happiness was that it had come back to them after all.” T [...]

    2. Spring has returned to the forest, filling the woods with all colors of green. In the midst of the new growth, something special sparkled. It was a gold leaf, unique and different. All of the animals wanted to have it. A bird got it first, planning to use it to line its nest. Soon though, other animals grab it and take it for themselves until finally it lays in tatters on the ground and then is swept away by the wind. The animals are so dismayed at what they have done. The seasons change and fal [...]

    3. I like the conceit of turning the art technique of gold leading into a kind of folk tale. To create a literal gold leaf that appears in the Woods in autumn is original & compelling. But I'm most interested in Matthew Forsythe's hazily colorful and well-composed illustrations, particularly his use of mono- and polychromatic spreads to denote competition for the gold leaf and changing seasons and motivations of the cast of animal characters. Too bad he lives in Montreal! This would be a Caldec [...]

    4. The gold leaf in the story really is a shiny, gold leaf, that feels smoother than the rest of the page's paper. Beautiful story and illustrations.

    5. Has a similar story structure to The Gingerbread Man or The Mitten, with the forest critters stealing the gold leaf from each other. I like that the seasons turned round again so that the animals could learn their lesson. :) Brilliantly illustrated!

    6. A stunner of a book with wonderful substance too. The colors of the art, mentioned so beautifully in the text, seem to bounce right off the pages. The gold leaf becomes a focal point that tells its own story too. And this wondrous book shows us what to do when something is of value to a forest or to any community: cherish and share it.

    7. A tour de force for both author and illustrator. A parable without a judgement, a celebration of nature's beauty, and a tribute to the author's grandfather.

    8. Loved the artwork. Gold Leaf technique is described in the frontpiece, before the t.p. The author, Kirsten Hall, had a grandfather who did gold leafing of many famous gilded buildings in NYC, an interesting side note about why/how this author came to write this story and to consider the sparkling gold accenting the illustrations. The artist, Matthew Forsythe, has bold, stylized animals and lines/shapes that attracted me to flip through the pictures, then to turn back to be called into the impact [...]

    9. Expect to see "The Gold Leaf" on Caldecott short-lists in the future. Matthew Forsythe uses color with abandon, expanding Kirsten Hall's descriptions of shades of greens (and, later, yellows) into rich paintings reminiscent of Disney concept art. (Eyvind Earle and his work on Sleeping Beauty comes to mind.) Forsythe also uses negative space to great effect. The composition of each page draws the eye exactly where it needs to be. For example, the page on which the gold leaf (rendered in actual sh [...]

    10. The Gold Leaf, by Kirsten Hall, is one of those rare children's picture books that has all the things one wants in a children's picture book - beautiful artwork, succinct writing, easily understood or explainable moral lesson, and keepsake quality - to list the things I find of importance. Ms. Hall has created a timeless work that I, for one, found to be very moving by virtue of the hope that if storybook animals can learn to value community above individuality, then perhaps people can also set [...]

    11. I checked out this book because the artwork looked fantastic, and it certainly was! Beautiful and colorful! I loved it. I also enjoyed the fact that the golden leaf was a legit, metallic color in the illustrations. How fun!The story was cute except Kirsten Hall wrote "Amid all the newness and excitement, no one caught sight of something most unusual. Something that shone and sparkled. A golden leaf!" and then suddenly all the animals were racing to get it. but she wrote "no one caught sight of" [...]

    12. A parable about how fighting over something ruins it. All of the animals want the gold leaf (it's a very shiny leaf!) but in the tussle to claim it, it gets ripped apart. A year passes and the leaf reappears. This time the animals don't fight over it: "Their happiness was that it had come back to them after all." I am doing a leaf-themed story time tomorrow (starring Leaf Man) and this will do nicely. Beautiful illustrated.

    13. Among the many beautiful green tones of spring in the forest, a gold leaf appears and mesmerizes the animals. Each animal claims it for her own, until the leaf is torn to pieces. The next spring the beautiful gold leaf appears once more, and this time the animals respect its beauty. Absolutely gorgeous illustrations, impressionistic and organic, make this book a standout. Spare poetic prose allows the illustrations to tell the story. An author's note tells about gold leafing, and about how her g [...]

    14. Beautifully illustrated, this book tells the story of how a forest comes alive at the sight of a lone golden leaf. Causing animosity among the animals, the leaf ultimately disappears. Only to return once more, at which time the animals enjoy it together instead of letting it break them apart. The text appears in a border at the bottom of the page, allowing the illustrations to speak for themselves and providing the option to read the book with or without text accompaniment. Well crafted, this bo [...]

    15. Each time you see a tiny peak of gold in this book, you will take a tiny gulp, and understand why all the animals in the forest were so desperate to hold get it for themselves, because it is so shockingly vibrant and alive. Beautiful story and wonderful illustrations, this book is one that needs to be slowly read and treasured.

    16. All I do lately is make book comparisons. These animals are the sophisticated cousins of Rainbow Fish, what with all their admiring and coveting and absconding and then sharing of the golden leaf. The play on words is beautifully executed with the accented inlay, and the artwork is otherwise quite lovely.

    17. Douce petite fable soulignant un des principes essentiels du bonheur: il faut savoir, parfois, laisser s'épanouir librement l'objet d'un désir, aussi forte la tentation de le posséder pour soi puisse-t-elle être. Un opuscule à la plume poétique (bien qu'un brin ouvertement didactique), et à l'univers visuel tout en tendresse et en subtile évocation.

    18. This is one of those quiet and seemingly simple stories that is so exquisitely illustrated you feel sure it's a classic that must have always been. Reading it is like taking a solitary walk in the woods with little interruption but much to take in and reflect on.

    19. Krasne krasne ilustracije!!! Čist mi je všeč kako dela Matthew Forsythe.Pa tud zgodbica je lepa,o zlatem listku ki enkrat zraste v gozdu in se vse živali prepirajo zanj dokler od listka ne ostanejo samo še koščki, ki jih odpihne veter.

    20. A bit of shiny gold leaf is used to great effect in this gentle environmental message. - Becky, Collection DevelopmentReserve a library copy.

    21. I found the very ending to be awkward. Also, working in muted colors for the illustrations doesn't work as well when the colors of certain things are being called out in the text, but aren't vivid or easily seen in the pictures (bluebells).

    22. This book is beautiful! Rich and vibrant illustrations complement a simply-told, cautionary tale about greed. There are tons of details to pick out and talk about on each page. This would be great for a one-one read aloud.

    23. Beautifully illustrated tale. Forest land filled with animals and plants and seasons. This book would be perfect for fall reading. Readers will need to put on their thinking caps and suggest ideas about the ending.

    24. Sort of Buddhist tale of forest animals who learn to stop coveting the rare gold leaves in the forest. Wonderful watercolor illustrations are highlighted by shiny gold. The illustrations feel magical.

    25. THE GOLD LEAF is exactly what I love in a picture book. Gorgeous, frame-ready art that brings to mind the library books I read in my own childhood. A dream-like story that isn't heavy-handed or too busy. Books like this bring just as much joy to the adult reader as they do to kids.

    26. What a beautiful book, both the story and the illustrations (as well as the actual gold leaf throughout). There is a good lesson in the book if adults are smart enough to figure it out.

    27. Animals that aren't able to share, destroy the one thing they all want. Learning from their mistake they do better when given a second change.

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