Leaves here are giving us hints of color--a few flashes of yellow amid the green--that will peak in a week or two.
Someone who has given leaves a lot of thought is poet and author Laura Purdie Salas. Her award-winning book A Leaf Can Be..., explores the many ways leaves function in nature. Leaves can be cups, bathtubs, or lunch!
Easy for small children to understand, the book includes a glossary and information for older children (and adults!) to learn more about the science of leaves. The illustrations by Violeta Dibija of Moldova give the book a soft, fantasy look.
As autumn advances, enjoy Eric Clapton's version of the classic song "Autumn Leaves"
(all photos copyright 2014, Jane Heitman Healy)