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Last Leaf, First Snowflake to Fall

Written by Leo Yerxa

  • 32 Pages
  • 9781554981243
  • 10.75" x 8"
  • Reading age from 5 to 8
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World (see also headings under Animals)
  • JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Canada / Native Canadian



Publication Date September 15, 2012

Last Leaf First Snowflake to Fall takes us on a dreamlike voyage into nature at that secret moment when fall turns into winter. We find ourselves in a kind of paradise, which humans may be part of but which they have not despoiled.

A father and son lead us through forests, down rivers, over lakes and ponds. Along the way we experience the primordial beauty of the physical world. This is nature as we all feel in our hearts it must once have been.

Through lyrical words and a masterful collage technique, Leo Yerxa has created an exquisite and poetic evocation of this moment.


Leo Yerxa

Leo Yerxa was born on the Little Eagle Reserve in northern Ontario. His first book, Last Leaf First Snowflake to Fall, was nominated for a Governor General's Award and won the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, the Mr. Christie's Book Award and the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award. His book Ancient Thunder was winner of the 2006 Governor General's Award for Illustration. Leo lives in Ottawa.