Leaf & the Sky of Fire (Twig Stories Book 2)

Editorial Reviews. Review. "This story was as awesome as the first book in the series, Leaf and the Rushing Waters. I like that this is a great adventure book with .
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The story is super clean no bad language and only scary-ish situations. It is a great choice for young advanced readers and middle grade kids. I think parents and kids will like the message of appreciating the environment too. Erik, This Kid Reviews Books. The characters are likeable, and the plot is filled with excitement. Young people, in addition to reading an engaging story, will learn important facts about beavers and other aspects of the natural world around us.

So the book is not only fun, family-friendly entertainment but educational as well.

Leaf & the Rushing Waters (Twig Stories, Vol. 1) by Jo Marshall

Furthermore, a percentage of all profits from the sale of this and other Twigs Stories books are donated to nonprofit organizations involved with wildlife protection and nature conservancy. Book two in the series is entitled Leaf and the Sky of Fire. Walker, Home School Book Review.

The story and artwork are impeccably crafted and weave a fascinating tale that will help introduce children to the magic and majesty of the natural world. Importantly, it imparts a strong appreciation of the intricacies and interactions that occur in nature. As a child, it was just such books that helped instill within me a desire to understand nature, and ultimately, to work in conservation.

This book teaches in the best way possible — by igniting curiosity and building connections with the one thing that truly supports us all- our home, Earth. Bark beetles barkbiters have killed the trees in the forest and now the Twigs are in hiding. When Leaf a Twig from the Old Seeder hears about their problems, he goes to help but he is unaware of the evil barkbiters! When he gets to the Twigs, Leaf accidentally starts a fire on the dry wood, so now, they are running from millions of barkbiters and a huge forest fire!

Can one little Twig save the forest and his fellow Twigs?!? This story was as awesome as the first book in the series, Leaf and the Rushing Waters. Leaf and the Sky of Fire, was exciting and fun to read. The illustrations through the book are fabulous.

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Murray really drew great representations of the Twigs and they really helped me picture the story in my mind. I like that this is a great adventure book with excitement and danger, but it is totally appropriate for younger kids. The book also teaches about environmental issues like bark beetles that kids should know about. I thought a couple of characters could have been described a bit better in the text like Veil - I was surprised to figure out he was a chameleon but overall the world that Ms. Marshall created with the Twigs is just awesome! I think kids and adults will love Twig stories! Anyone who cares about the environment and relishes a good story will become enthralled with Leaf, Moon and the rest of the Twigs.

Marshall has created a cast of imaginary creatures that live in an all too real world of environmental threats. Set in the Pacific Northwest in a woodland environment, these stories beckon children with their gentle, playful characters who find themselves in truly frightening circumstances. In Leaf and the Sky of Fire, the threat is bark beetles given power by the strength of global warming and climate change.

As an educator, I look forward to keeping a copy of this delightful book in my classroom library as an inspiration to future stewards of our planet. We can use the education and reminders also.


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As a bark beetle biologist, I can relate to the difficulties in reducing tree mortality caused by bark beetles and invasive insects. Young readers interested in the natural world and preserving our forests will enjoy this engaging story. Author Jo Marshall vividly conveys the at once irresistible and perilous quality of glaciers, with attention to the details of glacier architecture and function. In so doing, it gives us a glimpse of this threatened natural and aesthetic resource that few are privileged to experience for themselves.

The theme of environmental change is woven into the narrative as a backdrop to a story of adventure, danger, camaraderie, and kindness. Readers of all ages will relate to the magic that draws Buddy and Burba to the snow in the first place, and will be reminded of our connection to Earth's changing cryosphere. Marshall has created a cast of well-rounded characters common to the natural world around us, which helps readers clearly imagine the setting of the Long Ice.

The characters' heart-stopping adventures demonstrate to readers the wonderful complexity and connectedness of both the biological and physical aspects of glaciated mountain regions. Instead of peppering readers with environmental facts, Marshall skillfully weaves them into the fabric of the narrative to develop children's understanding of the natural world in a holistic, system-based manner.

Excellent storytelling combined with accurate science make this book a must-read for children interested in nature and stories of adventure. Looking for engaging classroom books to meet environmental science and literature standards? Or just want to enrich your own child's environmental literacy in a fun way? Rich fictional characters, vivid word imagery, evocative sensorial language, and layered science content Tiny leaves sprout from their arms and legs, and their toes are very curly like roots. Their long, leafy hair can be many different colors — emerald, bronze, flaming red, and gold, for example.

Twigs live in all sorts of trees, but the knotholes of enormous ancient cedars, big leaf maple, silver-leafed poplar, and whitebark pine are their favorite havens. Leaf fell into the rushing waters but managed to get onto dry land.

Leaf and Rustle figure out that they need to go to the Chompers beavers and convince them to build a dam to stop the water, but they refuse. Leaf is now desperate to find help. Rattlesnakes , owls, and hornets are out to attack and EAT them! This story had me hooked from the very beginning because of the action and excitement lets just say there was a squirrel attack.

Marshall made up the Twigs are interesting. I like how Ms. Marshall told the story from different points of views from different characters. The characters were all very likeable. My favorite was Rustle because he was pretty adventurous and had a lot of knowledge about the forest and he was just cool ;.

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There were some nice illustrations in the book too. The story is super clean no bad language and only scary-ish situations. It is a great choice for young advanced readers and middle grade kids. I think parents and kids will like the message of appreciating the environment too. Apr 03, Wayne Walker rated it it was amazing. Do you know what a Twig is? Everyone knows that a twig is a small stick from a tree, but Twigs are impish stick creatures no taller than a robin and dwell in the wilderness.

One night a huge storm causes the glacial ice dam further up in the mountains to melt and brea Do you know what a Twig is? One night a huge storm causes the glacial ice dam further up in the mountains to melt and break, producing an avalanche which floods the valley and surrounds the Old Seeder with raging water. Along the way, they have to face several dangers, such as biting prairie dogs poppers , owls screechers , foxes, hornets skullfaces , and rattlesnakes rockcrawlers. However, they are helped by a Silver Leaf Twig named Feather, her three chipmunks chippies Whisper, Speckles, and Claws, and a hummingbird hummer which they call Shimmer.

Will the chompers agree to come and help? Will Leaf ever see his family again? This epic-style adventure is both fast-moving and action-packed.

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The characters are likeable, and the plot is filled with excitement. Young people, in addition to reading an engaging story, will learn important facts about beavers and other aspects of the natural world around us. So the book is not only fun, family-friendly entertainment but educational as well.

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Furthermore, a percentage of all profits from the sale of this and other Twigs Stories books are donated to nonprofit organizations involved with wildlife protection and nature conservancy. Book two in the series is entitled Leaf and the Sky of Fire. Leaf and Rustle figure out that they need to go to the chompers beavers and convince them to build a dam to stop the water, but they refuse. My favorite was Rustle because he was pretty adventurous and had a lot of knowledge about the forest and he was just cool.

Jun 21, Val rated it it was amazing. The story follows Leaf and his family, who live in Old Seeder.


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They go through the forest hunting and gathering, and I love the names they have for things: Cover, front - Rushing WatersTo me, the book had the feel of an epic—like The Hobbit, only focused on the environment instead of fantasy. I appreciated the description of nature. Because the Twigs are so small, they appreciate the magnitude of elements of nature that humans tend to forget.

I am one to sit outside in nature for hours, appreciating every nuance, so these details resonated with me. If I had read this as a kid, I would no doubt have gone outside and gotten into all sorts of things, come back to the house covered in mud and leaves and such, and told my mom as I protested a bath that I was out pretending to be a Twig all day. I am definitely going to share these books with my little one when she is old enough. My only wish for the book—and this is because I like dark things—is that I wanted the beaver an integral part of the story to appear even more intimidating.

Of course, seeing as this book is for kids, that might have been a little overboard: Oh, and did I mention that you should really check out that artwork! Sep 01, Janice Spina rated it it was amazing Shelves: This a delightful and educational story that teaches children about their environment. Jo Marshall weaves fantasy into a fascinating tale about these Twig creatures and real life situations. These adorable characters take on serious problems when a flood threatens to destroy their family and home.

They make carefully thought out decisions to arrest the flow of water with the help of some woodland friends. This story will keep children enthralled and make them more aware of the dire consequences This a delightful and educational story that teaches children about their environment. This story will keep children enthralled and make them more aware of the dire consequences facing not only humans but the little creatures of the forests if we do not take care of our environment. The illustrations are beautifully done with incredible detail and bring the Twigs to life.

There are a series of these books each dealing with a different environmental issue told through Jo's unique and artistic style of storytelling. She is a consummate artist in this genre and must be commended for her efforts to educate children in this important field. Apr 19, Jennifer rated it liked it.

This was an enchanting story with environmental undertones. Each character on the canvas is wonderfully written from the twigs to the beavers. The twig characters were my favorite. They are fun and adventurous. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the world these creatures inhabited. The book cover is attention grabbing.

It expresses the adventures awaiting the reader. One of the best compliments to this book is that when my students saw it on my desk they became curious and questioned me about th This was an enchanting story with environmental undertones. One of the best compliments to this book is that when my students saw it on my desk they became curious and questioned me about the story.

I gave them a brief synopsis and they were excited to have their turn to read this book. Overall, this is a fantastic read for the middle age grades and up.

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Jan 15, R. Delightful use of descriptive names for her characters. Delightful selection of her story line. Delightful description of the things and places in her story. Delightful solutions for the disaster caused by the 'Rushing Waters. Tracy rated it liked it Oct 13, Andrea rated it liked it Sep 25, Cheree50 rated it it was amazing Mar 12, Stephanie rated it it was amazing Aug 26,