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I'm Afraid, Said the Leaf

by (author) Danielle Daniel

illustrated by Matt James

Initial publish date
May 2024
Environment, Emotions & Feelings, NON-CLASSIFIABLE
Recommended Age
3 to 7
Recommended Grade
p to 2
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2024
    List Price

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A touching, playful exploration of empathy and interdependency from an acclaimed author and illustrator.

I’m afraid, Said the leaf. / You’re not alone, Said the tree. But who will comfort a nervous bird, a lonely crab, a lost wolf? How can a horse find warmth, a snail some cheer, a child some rest? Through a series of amusing and soothing exchanges, this deceptively simple and profound picture book depicts different pairings to celebrate interconnectedness and underlines the importance of caring for every living organism to ensure a strong and healthy natural world. I’m Afraid, Said the Leaf invites young readers to understand that we all need each other for support and survival — and that we're all stronger together.

About the authors


Danielle Daniel est une artiste métisse multidisciplinaire. Elle a écrit Parfois je suis un renard pour encourager son jeune fils à découvrir ses racines autochtones. Enseignante pendant de nombreuses années, Danielle travaille maintenant comme professeur d'art à temps partiel au Canada et aux États-Unis. Elle habite dans le nord de l'Ontario.


Danielle Daniel is an author and artist whose first picture book, Parfois je suis un renard, won the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and was shortlisted for the First Nation Communities Read Award for aboriginal literature. A former elementary school teacher, Danielle is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing through the University of British Columbia. Danielle lives in Sudbury, Ontario.


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Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR I'm Afraid, Said the Leaf:

"Every worry is addressed and every need is met in this eloquent portrait of the interconnectedness of the living world." —STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly

"[T]he art renders the tale truly universal." Kirkus Reviews

"The perfect book for any young reader who'd rather read outside." Booklist

"[A] good picture book about kindness and how all species are interconnected and depend on each other "to exist and thrive in harmony.""Metroland

"I’m Afraid, Said the Leaf will offer new connections to the natural and human worlds each time you read it with a fortunate child." Imaginary Elevators
“A great book to get children thinking about nature and perhaps experience it in a way they hadn’t before!” The Southern Bookseller

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