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  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years

  • Hardcover: 40 pages

  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1st edition (August 26, 2002)

  • ISBN-13: 978-0763613839

Oliver Finds His Way by Phyllis Root​

While Mama hangs the wash out
and Papa rakes the leaves,
Oliver chases a big yellow leaf . . .

Oliver is so intent on following a blowing autumn leaf that he doesn’t even notice that he’s lost his way. All alone at the edge of the woods, he starts to cry. He cries and cries - but he is still lost. And so he rubs his nose and tries to think. . . .

With characteristic warmth, humor, and a firm faith in the power of pluck, Phyllis Root quietly captures a big, defining moment in the world of a small child.


"Enchanting and beautiful illustrations highlight a warm and inspirational story."-Journal Inquirer

"Empowering story speaks to the importance of fostering resilience in children."-Washington Parent

"This board book edition with a simple storyline and an expressive hero is just right for very young readers."-Times-Picayune

"This satisfying story from Phyllis Root is deftly illustrated by Christopher Denise in fall shades of gold, brown, and red. A good lesson in resourcefulness."-The Plain Dealer


  • New England Book Show Winner

  • Texas Library Association 2X2 Reading List

  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner

  • School Library Journal Best Books of the Year

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