fall leavesBook Review: The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo F. Buscaglia 

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf –

Publisher: SLACK, Inc. –

ISBN-13: 9780943432892 –

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf aims to help children get a first understanding of the life cycle, which inevitably includes death. The leaf, which is the main character of the short book, converses with Daniel, the oldest and wisest leaf of the tree. During their discussions, Freddie voices many of the fears and death-related angst that children may experience. Daniel helps Freddie to understand the cyclical nature of life, which includes the change from living on the tree to leaving this home and falling to the ground.

The pivotal line of the book explains that It is life, that lasts forever, and we are all a part of life. Freddie inescapably falls, but he has come to view his death as a new beginning. While dying, Freddie’s transition is described in peaceful terms that do not carry any dark undertones or worrisome implications.

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf is devoid of religious connotations, which makes it suitable for readers of all backgrounds and faiths. Moreover, the imagery leaves plenty of room for parents to expand on the ideas mentioned in the book. For example, you may wish to help the child create a family tree, with leaves that represent relatives that have passed on. In so doing, the youngster comes to realize his own role in the life cycle. Spiritually minded parents may wish to use this book to introduce children to their faiths” teachings about the afterlife. If the child has recently experienced a loss, mom or dad may use the lessons of Freddie as a way of helping the child open up and speak out about feelings, thoughts, fears and volatile emotions.

I highly recommend this book not just for young children, but also for older kids and even young adults. The message of the book is timeless, and the use of a leaf as opposed to a pet or person as the main character makes it non-threatening and apropos in the same move.

 

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Sylvia Cochran

Sylvia is a seasoned freelance writer, born and raised in Germany. Having been exposed to a variety of religions and traditions due to travel and study, Sylvia has been a student of the Bible for more than ten years, and has for the last four years taught in small groups about Biblical principles, practical Christianity, Christian parenting, as well as the spiritual use of money. Sylvia also provides Free Online Christian Parenting Courses at Suite 101
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