Posted - 12/07/2013 : 09:57:03 AM
The Patient Leaf
Author- Michele Klecker - Sailor
Illustrated by Jon Fischer
Homegrown Publications, LLC Red Wing, Minnesota
Publication date: 2009
14 page children's book
Reviewed by Allen Klingelhoets
"The Patient Leaf' tells the story of The Sugars that lived at 1970 Maple Lane. The Sugars lived in a tree... They were leaves. The story was told through the leaves perspective. I loved the way author showed how leaves enjoyed seasons of the year. I liked way one leaf named Bobby Bud felt warmth of Spring ad quickly grew from bud to green Maple leaf. The artist did wonderful job visualizing transformation to green Maple leaf.
Sugar Bobby was very inquisitive. He wanted to know how to fly. Two other leaves named Sugar Momma and Sugar Daddy told him to be patient. Sugar Bobby should enjoy the seasons.
He was very patient. The seasons changed from Spring to Summer to Fall. The time had come for Sugar Momma, Sugar Daddy and Sugar Bobby to float down out of tree. They were all colors for Fall. It was a glorious time for all the Sugar Maple tree leaves. They were apart of nature. Leaves would fall and rest for Winter. Than renew themselves for Spring waiting patiently to fall again. They loved Winter because of the long nap they would enjoy.
"The Patient Leaf" was a rather magical story. I really appreciated colored art pages which really complemented story.
" The Patient Leaf" was short but enjoyable read. I do not thick I have ever read story told through Sugar maple leafs perspective.
I also noticed for additional copies email
I also read authors 2013 short story "Max". It was story about rabbit named Max. It told how he became friends with smelly dog named "Junkyard Dog". Others like Max's Mother tried to separate them. It was noted that dogs and rabbits are bad mix for friends. Max and Junkyard Dog did become close friends. They had lots of fun together.
The eighteen page story was Illustrated by Lori DeMatteis.
I enjoyed this little gold nugget of a story.
These two stories would make great Christmas gifts. Max can also be found at www.amazon.com
The back cover says. Michele Klecker - Sailor is in childhood education. She resides in River Falls, Wisconsin with her husband Patrick and their dog Max
About the illustrator.
Lori DeMatteis lives in St. Michael's, Minnesota with her husband Monte and their two children, Sarah and Johnny. She is a stay - at - home Mom.
I felt like doing these reviews. I used to work with Michele Klecker -Sailor's husband Patrick along time ago. I met author at book reading at Cameron, Wisconsin.
Allen: Here is some information about books. I thought cool to get better feel for author and books. Here is news direct from Michele.
My book is available on amazon.com.
I am an author from Western Wisconsin, River Falls, Wisconsin.
I have worked in Special and Regular Education classes, and like to
I write a book with a message that both adults and young people can
The Patient Leaf is about waiting, and being patient. Appreciate the
now and look forward to the future.
Max is about being friends with whomever you want to be friends with
even if society tells us not too. Friendship trumps all social
I graduated from Winona State University with a degree in Mass
Communications, and have used that degree to market myself and my
My Favorite Quote:
Education if nothing else gives you options. (Author Unknown)
My Favorite Book Series:
The Prey Series by John Stanford
My Favorite Author As A Child:
Any Famous Person I Have Met:
A Fun Fact About Myself:
Every time I take the wrapper off a straw I have to blow into the
straw and make sure there are no pieces of wrapper paper stuck inside.
(Strange I know)
A Fun Fact About My Family:
My Dad invented Rescue Pads and the Buff Puff for 3M
I am married to Patrick Sailor. We have a dog, Max. We live in River
I wrote Michele Klecker - Sailor and asked her to tell me little more about how she began writing stories. This was not really interview so I thought would be interesting to also know a little more about her. This is her thoughts in direct quote.
Idea for the Patient Leaf.. I wanted to incorporate the need for
everyone to be patient, as well as plant a seed of appreciation for
nature in young people. What needs to be patient in nature? A leaf.
Hence, The Patient Leaf.
Idea for Max: People can be friends with whomever they choose to be
friends with. Friendship trumps social barriers. A bunny and a dog are usually not friends, so I made a bunny and a dog the main characters.
I started writing short stories when I was in 1st grade. I still have
boxes of stories in my closets at home. I journal every night. When I
was in Junior High and High School, and then again in college I would
write stories for the school newspapers.
The Patient Leaf was published in 2010 and then I self published Max in
I have been published in a book called Grab That Tiger. It was a book
filled with stories of individuals who went after the men/women of
their dreams and made their dreams come true.
I am not a comic book reader. My two favorite comic strip characters
are Garfield and Charlie Brown.
My illustrator for The Patient Leaf is Jon Fisher. He resides in
Minneapolis, Minnesota. My illustrator for Max is Lori DeMatteis, and
she lives in St.Michael, Minnesota.
I have been promoting books through amazon.com, radio interviews,
newspaper interviews, television appearances and through social media.
I have now sold copies of my book in the United States of America and
My final thoughts...read, read, read.
Allen: I also asked question if there would be more books about Max. This is Michele's reply.
[green]Michele: I am working on another book called Max and Friends, it will be a series.
Michele can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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