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Monday 10 June 2024

Review: A Leaf Called Greaf

Grief and mourning are difficult for anyone. So how do you discuss them with a child?

A Leaf Called Greaf takes these concepts and weaves a narrative full of symbolism. It's one that can help prompt discussion of topics that can be complex.

Kelly Canby has written and illustrated the story, featuring a bear as the protagonist. 

When one day a leaf lands on Bear, he names it Greaf.

Bear carries Greaf as he journeys through forests and rivers, and Greaf stays with Bear as the seasons change. 

Bear holds on to Greaf until one day, all of a sudden, the mist of mourning lifts, leaving a clearer, lighter future. 

The illustrations in A Leaf Called Greaf move through cold and bare and sharp, to brighter and warmer colours, and softer, gentler images. Bear's memories are shown as white outlines, which hang dramatically around him, until they settle in his heart forever.

A Leaf Called Greaf shows how grief can last for some time, but there's also a time for letting go, and enjoying good memories. A gentle and serious story with an important message.

Title:  A Leaf Called Greaf
Author/Illustrator: Kelly Canby
Publisher: Fremantle Press, $ 24.99
Publication Date: June 2024
Format: Hardcover
ISBN:  9781760993894
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book