What an unexpected gem! I thought I was getting a children's book on " plant life cycles". "The Life of Bud" is so much more.
Simple, vibrant illustrations beautifully match the gentle poignancy of the text in the story of how Bud begins life as an oak bud, and grows into a leaf. Laura Eckroat does a remarkable job of expressing fears of growing up, changing, and even death as she chronicles the life of a tiny oak leaf.
I cried as I read it, thinking about the lives of loved ones and the impact that we all have on each other. This book is a must have for parents and teachers of young children.
Available at Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com, as well as Tate Publishing.