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The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf A Story of Life for All Ages This story by Leo Buscaglia is a warm wonderfully wise and strikingly simple story about a leaf names Freddie How Freddie and his companion leaves change with the passing seasons finally falling to

  • Title: The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages
  • Author: Leo F. Buscaglia
  • ISBN: 9780943432892
  • Page: 157
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This story by Leo Buscaglia is a warm, wonderfully wise and strikingly simple story about a leaf names Freddie How Freddie and his companion leaves change with the passing seasons, finally falling to the ground with winter s snow, is an inspiring allegory illustrating the delicate balance between life and death The Fall of Freddie the Leaf is a warm and thought provokinThis story by Leo Buscaglia is a warm, wonderfully wise and strikingly simple story about a leaf names Freddie How Freddie and his companion leaves change with the passing seasons, finally falling to the ground with winter s snow, is an inspiring allegory illustrating the delicate balance between life and death.The Fall of Freddie the Leaf is a warm and thought provoking story and both children and adults will be deeply touched by this inspiring book This 20th anniversary edition of this beloved classic has helped thousands of people come to grips with life and death.

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    1. Leo F. Buscaglia

      Dr Felice Leonardo Buscaglia Ph.D was a professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Southern California He was a graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School Los Angeles.Leo Buscaglia authored a number of New York Times bestselling inspirational books on love and human reticences on the subject, including The Fall of Freddie the Leaf, Bus 9 to Paradise, Living Loving and Learning, Love and My Father In lectures he often protested, in outrage at the comparative absence of writings on the subject, I got the copyright for love

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    1. Got this book a few years back for reasons I'd rather not discuss. Anybody else besides me think that the title sounds more like a Godfatheresque film or something? "Freddie the Leaf, I'm gonna make you an offer you can't refuse!" But all joking aside, it's a beautiful story with wonderful, vivid illustrations, and a simple way to explain the concepts of grief and loss to younger readers.



    2.  What did I think? I think sweet and wonderful. A very precious way to talk about life and death with children. With anybody, actually. I was supposed to read this together with one of my girlies, Mary Kate, but time got away from both of us, and I decided to go ahead and read it. We will have more times to read together.This is a great book to share with your little ones, your big ones, your everybody. :) 


    3. I am not the biggest fan of this book for several reasons. 1) Comparing human death to death in nature is often inappropriate because many plants go into hibernation in the fall and come back again in the spring. However, this book does present it in the most appropriate way possible, in that individual leaves are what dies on a tree. The individual leaves do not come back the next year. 2) The pages get too wordy trying to explain the story. The story line could have been explained in a much mo [...]


    4. The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages by Leo Buscaglia is not a children’s book per se; rather the book is “an inspiring allegory [that] illustrates the delicate balance between life and death,” in a way that transcends the category of age. Nature becomes a metaphor for community, identity and the life cycle for Leo Buscaglia, who has crafted a story that looks past the need for any specific ideological comfort or message to answer end-of-life questions. Rather, Freddi [...]


    5. Don't think of this as a children's story but as a humanistic sermon with a few non-enticing photos. I just don't see how kids would stay attentive (especially as it would be too over their heads), and not sure that the parents I read for would embrace the message anyway.Ages: 4 -8#fall #autumn


    6. I read this when I lost someone very close to me, a a child. It was incredibly helpful, and I have used it to help my children deal with loss.


    7. A deeply touching story of Freddie the leaf going through life's changes (the passing seasons) and finally falling to the ground!! He keeps asking questions about life and death. Daniel the loving friend helps him through with his delicately wonderful and wisely confident answers!It's an amazing book that helps adults answer real deep questions such as, will we all die? why were we here at all if we only have to fall and die? And where will we go after we die?One of my favorite quotes by Daniel, [...]


    8. This book makes me cry. It is an excellent choice when teaching children about the end of life for someone they love. It makes death a natural celebration of peace after a struggle to hang on to something that is no longer important. It speaks of a higher purpose in the circle of all things. Kinda sad though.




    9. Lovely photos, not so sure about the accompanying story. I've been looking for some good kids books about death/grieving, and this isn't quite what I'm looking for.


    10. I was walking in the backyard yesterday and, I swear, I think I saw Freddie on the ground!Quite depressing book.But it's five ***** because it's the reality of life.Christians will not like this because it screams 'atheism' &/or 'reincarnation'. I'm an atheist, so I can handle it.I think kids might like it.The pictures could be improved. Not much imagination put into that.Overall, I like it because it's a real view on how life is. We live, we die, and we have no idea what happens after that [...]


    11. "Then what has been the reason for all of this?" Freddie continued to question. "Why were we here at all if we only have to fall and die?"Daniel answered in his matter-of-fact way, "It's been about the sun and the moon. It's been about happy times together. It's been about the shade and the old people and the children. It's been about colors in Fall. It's been about seasons. Isn't that enough?"



    12. This was recommended to me as a book about death and grieving. But I don’t see it and I don’t believe children would draw the conclusion. Nice photos though.


    13. Really good book about Life and death told as a conversation between two friends who happen to be leaves. Read aloud to Emily at UUCQC ‘death class’.


    14. A wonderful story about the circle of life and the importance of each individual to the continuation of the whole creation.


    15. A lovely book to read with children. It helps ground death in nature and its cycles, and reinforces the belief that through the natural universe nothing is ever lost.


    16. GENTLE PARABLE ABOUT THE ACCEPTANCE OF DEATH AS A PART OF LIFE'S CYCLEHow to make sense of the death of a loved one? How to bring acceptance and closure of the heart's wounds while grieving? Without reference to Christianity or any other organized religion Buscaglia penned this gem from the depth of his tender soul. This book can be such a comfort when explaining to a child about the death of a loved one. How to make sense of cruel loss; how to recognize that we will never again see in person th [...]


    17. I used this book with a boy a worked with a few years ago. He was 9 at the time, and a close relative had died. Before a colleague showed me the book, I struggled to find the right words to comfort him with, to no avail. The experience was a first hand confrontation with the fact that our culture generally has a great deal of difficulty dealing with the issue of death. Of all the books I've read that attempt to help us deal with this problem, this one is the best. This simple, poignant story abo [...]


    18. I can't say enough good about this book. I read it with my children, ages 4, 6, 9 and 12, this morning, and all loved it. The youngest got a little from it, but it really struck the 12yo. Freddie is a leaf on a tree in a public space. He tells us about himself and his friends, the other leaves. He tells us about the spring and summer, the winds, the people who come to enjoy the shade. Then he starts to change colors in the fall, and tells us about that. He questions his wise friend, Daniel, anot [...]



    19. The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life For All Ages by Leo Buscaglia is about a leaf named Freddie and his friends. One of his friends, Daniel, is a very wise leaf who explains to Freddie and the others the facts of life. He explains to them what the sun is and the moon. He explains what is a purpose and finally as winter draws closer he explains to the other leaves about death. Freddie does not believe Daniel when he declares that everything dies, but slowly over time Freddie notices mor [...]


    20. The motivational speaker, Leo "Dr. Love" Buscaglia made it his mission to explore human disconnectedness and the meaning of life. In the dedication of The Fall of Freddie the Leaf, Buscaglia says, "(The story is) dedicated to all children who have ever suffered a permanent loss, and to the grownups who could not find a way to explain it." Thus, he and a team of photographers set about capturing the life cycle of a leaf to share Freddie's life with children so that they see living and dying as a [...]


    21. I was in Barnes and Noble the other day and this book caught my attention because of the vibrant colors. I stood there and read the whole thing. It wasn't long at all though, but it was a beautiful little book. About a leaf named Freddie who has friends on a tree and they are all leaves too. They learn about the seasons changing and how even though they are all on the same tree, they are different. They are positioned differently, catch shadows different, receive light differently, change differ [...]


    22. This book introduces the reader to Freddie, one of many leaves on a tree in a park. Freddie, his mentor Daniel, and the other leaves live through the seasons until it is fall, at which time Daniel explains that it is time for the leaves to fall to the ground and die. Freddie questions the purpose of this, and the meaning of his existence in general, which Daniel explains before letting go to fall to the ground. Freddie hangs on until winter, contemplating letting go until he accepts that his fal [...]


    23. The Fall of Freddie the Leaf touches children and adults alike, illustrating the delicate balance between life and death. The Fall of Freddie the Leaf is a warm, thought-provoking story about how Freddie and his companion leaves change with the passing seasons and the coming of winter. This beautiful and engaging tale has also been made into a film narrated by Leo Buscaglia.This is a great book for exploring the circle of life. It presents the question of the purpose of life. This would also be [...]


    24. This book is a great read for teachers who want to introduce what death is to their students. The book has great analogies, and personification as it tells a story about a leaf named Freddie who lives on a tree. While on the tree, Freddie is surrounded by neighboring leafs, but none as important to him as Daniel, Freddie's best friend. This story shares the journey that Daniel and Freddie go through as they watch all of the neighboring leafs fall off the tree as the winter arrives. Great book fo [...]


    25. One of the hardest things to deal with as a teacher is the death of a family member or friend of one of the children in class. Over forty years of teaching, this is one part of teaching that I found never became easier. I did find that a book that talked about life and what it means to be alive and our purpose for being here will help children understand loss. One of my favorite books dealing with this difficult time is The Fall of Freddie the Leaf. The photographs are excellent to go along with [...]


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