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Dance Like a Leaf

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Written by AJ Irving
Illustrated by Claudia Navarro

As her grandmother’s health declines, a young girl begins to lovingly take the lead in their cozycosy shared autumn traditions. Poetic prose paired with evocative illustrations by Mexican illustrator Claudia Navarro make for a beautiful celebration of life and a gentle introduction to the death of a loved one.

Key Selling Points:

  • DEATH AND DYING: Gently addresses the topic of loss in an age-appropriate way, and demonstrates how traditions can be used to carry on the memory of a loved one.
  • GRANDPARENT RELATIONSHIP: The love between grandmother and granddaughter is palpable throughout.
  • POETIC LANGUAGE: Lyrical text draws parallels between the turning of the seasons and the stages of life.
  • EVOCATIVE ILLUSTRATIONS: Claudia Navarro, illustrator of La Frontera, sensitively renders characters whose faces and body language convey a range of emotions.

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  • Price Block Subscription: No
  • Product Dimensions: 8.50 x 10.75 inches
  • Page Count: 32 pages
  • Age Range: Ages 4-9 years

Awards & Accolades

“This beautifully balanced picturebook’s rich colours dance alongside its intricately clear-eyed narrative, sensitive but never sentimental…. Certain to become a classic” – Inis magazine, Children’s Books Ireland

“A paean to autumn, love, and loss.... This evocative pairing of story and art creates a tone poem and lesson, a lovely reflection on the seasons of life, and a gentle lead-in to discussion of death and renewal” – School Library Journal

About the Contributors

Written by - AJ Irving
AJ Irving grew up in Boise, Idaho and received her BA in Journalism and Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Oregon. She now lives and writes in Seattle, Washington, USA with her husband, two children and their pets.
Illustrated by - Claudia Navarro
Claudia Navarro studied at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas UNAM in Mexico City, and has illustrated for clients around the world. She lives in Mexico City, Mexico.

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