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Overview Anyone who has ever had a dream will be enchanted by the adventures of Kendu, a young fox whose search for a giant leaf takes him on an unforgettable journey. With a rambunctious monkey named Yitshak at his side, Kendu ventures into the blackness of the Wilds despite warnings that a fearsome beast known as the Animal Eater resides there. Youll be as surprised as they are at what they discover; the final image will haunt you long after the story is over. A timeless parable of hope for children and adults alike, The Giant Leaf uses humor and mystery to cast new light on a story as old as time.
Community Description Anyone who has ever had a dream will be enchanted by the adventures of Kendu, a young fox whose search for a giant leaf takes him on an unforgettable journey.
With a rambunctious monkey named Yizhak at his side, Kendu ventures into the blackness of the Wilds despite warnings that a fearsome beast known as the Animal Eater resides there. You'll be as surprised as they are at what they discover; the final image will haunt you long after the story is over.
A timeless parable of hope for children and adults alike, The Giant Leaf uses humor and mystery to cast new light on a story as old as time.
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Studio: WinePress Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 6.75" Height: 12.25" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Jun 30, 2007
Publisher WINEPRESS PUBLISHERS 650
ISBN 1579218644 ISBN13 9781579218645
Reviews - What do customers think about The Giant Leaf?
Excellent Aug 31, 2008
Another excellent book from the brush and mind of Davy Liu. Having read his most recent children's book, Fire Fish, I was familiar with the brilliant art work and beautiful stories that this animator is capable of. Just like Fire Fish, this book is a thrill from page one till the end. The story is about Kendu a fox who dreams every night about a giant leaf. He is not exactly sure what the giant leaf means in his dream but he knows that he is happy whenever he is under it and always wakes with a sense of freedom, something that eludes him in real life. Kendu and his clan of foxes have been enslaved by beasts that work them within an inch of their lives. One day he is able to escape but none of the other foxes will follow him because they have been slaves for so long that the concept of freedom almost frightens them as much as being caught by the beasts. Upon his escape Kendu decides to search for the giant leaf of his dreams because he remembers the joy he always felt in its presence. While on this journey he befriends Yitzhak the money and Odelia the Koala. They undertake an exciting and fearful journey as each searches for what the giant leaf means to them. This a heartwarming spin on the story of Noah and the Ark and it will delight parents and children as they read. The animation is beautiful and makes you want to read more of Mr. Liu's stories.
Adventure, hope, friendship and love fill this book Aug 28, 2008
This is a precious story of risk taking, friendship and steadfastness wrapped around Old Testament scripture.
The story's key character is a fox whose name is Kendu. He dreams of a giant leaf that will take him away from slavery. Escaping slavery is his dream, even though he believes the Wilds outside of his immediate surroundings is frightening and filled with potential peril. He finally discovers a clever way to escape, and he begins his travels determined to find the giant leaf-his way to freedom.
During his journey he discovers and befriends other animals. Each animal brings their own special dreams of the giant leaf and how it will improve or change their unique circumstances.
This lovely tale is brought to life with stunning, colorful and distinctive illustrations that enhance each character, their adventures and surroundings.
If there is a child in your life who will enjoy and cherish a story of adventure, hope, friendship, and love-then choose this book for him or her.
Armchair Interview says: Another book about hope for children.
My son loves this book! Jul 29, 2008
My son, who is 7 years old, loves this beautifully illustrated book. He read it before bedtime last night. This morning, he insisted on reading the book to me, making sure that I viewed every single painting, because, he said excitedly, "that's the best part of the book"! His favorite painting in the book is the one when Kendu finds Reia in the Ark. We are looking forward to reading Fire Fish next.
We can't wait to see The Giant Leaf on the big screen!
An Entirely Fresh Perspective on Timeless Wisdom of the Bible Jul 27, 2008
I was not at all surprised to arrive at the page for "The Giant Leaf" at this site with my review all written -- to find that every other reviewer gave this book 5 stars. It's that "entirely fresh" a perspective -- eye-popping in its vision of how to reach a new perspective on a timeless Bible story.
The book opens with the line: "The dream was always the same."
And that's really the goal this book accomplishes so beautifully -- it recaptures the awe, the jaw-dropping wonder of a classic tale. I won't spoil the surprises in this book by specifically identifying where the story takes us. That's part of the spiritual magic of your first "read" through this book.
What's great about the book, though, is that it doesn't preach -- it amazes. It doesn't instruct -- it invites us to discover these insights with the main characters, led by the brave little fox Kendu.
These books by Davy Liu -- this one and his subsequent Fire Fish (Invisible Tails) -- also are very timely right now because so much attention is being paid in religious communities to rediscovering the role of the natural world within our religious traditions.
Yes, it's a children's book. Yes, it's a family book. But it's a lot more than that. It's a new window into the wonder of our religious roots.
A New Quality Level in Children's Books Jul 16, 2008
THE GIANT LEAF is yet another sophisticated, elegant book for children (of all ages) from the mind and artistic gifts of Davy Liu. The story and illustrations are by Liu and the actual writing is by sensitive author Douglas Wood who has realized Liu's compassionate tale with distinction. The story is a clever and inspiring retelling of the Great Flood from the biblical book of Genesis, but this time from the vantage of the animals that are saved from the destruction of the earth - the punishment for man's ignorant abuse of a creation made for him. Because this book is written and illustrated in such a sensitive manner, the recreation of the Flood and the accompanying suggestion about our current abuse of the planet earth is subtle and therefore a story children will love - and the adult readers will hopefully take note!
Liu is a gifted artist and while the story is well told and very entertaining and important, much of the worthiness of this book lies in the extraordinarily beautiful art that weaves the tale into a cinematic adventure. The characters include Kendu, a fox with a persistent dream of a giant leaf that encourages him to set out on a mission to discover the leaf, a wonderfully silly monkey Yitzhak, and a koala bear Odelia. Together they form a friendship and a determination to fulfill their dreams, each sharing the image of a protective giant leaf that promises them protection as they venture through the wilds, avoiding the mythical Animal Eater. But what lies at the end of their adventure is the discovery that the Animal Eater is in fact a haven - an ark containing all the animals of the earth that will float despite the floods that cover the earth and the giant leaf is - well, somethings must wait for the reader to discover.
Davy Liu (with the able assistance of Douglas Wood in this volume) has found a niche that is most certain to become a classic series of beautiful books for children, books that will not only breed an appreciation for fine art but will also open windows of understanding the spiritual world in a fresh and tender way. We can only hope there will be many more in this series. Grady Harp, July 08