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Leyla



written and illustrated by
Galia Bernstein

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Abrams
Imprint
Abrams
ISBN
9781419735431
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Leyla is sick of her big, loud, overbearing family. They are always chatting, snuggling, and grooming each other (ew!), and—for Leyla—there’s no escape from their attention. So, she decides to run away until she can’t hear (or smell) her baboon troop anymore. In the middle of her desert habitat, she finds a lizard sunning himself. Unlike her family, the lizard loves to sit alone, be quiet, and do absolutely nothing at all. Leyla joins the lizard, and after soaking up some quiet time, she feels recharged and ready to return home to her large, ever-doting family. Now that she knows where she can always find a little peace, Leyla can embrace the chaos and the kisses with open arms.

Author’s note. Full-color illustrations were created digitally with applied hand-painted textures.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

10 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Dewey

E

AR

2.2: points 0.5

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Aug 2019

Book Genres


Topics

Family life. Noise. Solitude. Baboons. Lizards.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal, Booklist

School Library Journal

Leyla’s large baboon family is “always busy, always fussy, always noisy.” Overwhelmed, she runs away, stopping only when she hurts herself on some sharp rocks. A nearby lizard isn’t interested in making Leyla feel better; he’s too busy doing nothing, which is just what young Leyla needs. After a short but effective meditation lesson, Leyla returns home to her family and their loving ministrations. Reflecting both the anxiety perpetuated by our culture’s busyness and a toddler’s developmental need for independence, Bernstein’s spare narrative and adorable muted earth tone palette offer a warm and familiar story. Pair with Jacob Grant’s Through with the Zoo for some good old Venn diagram comparisons, or with Molly Bang’s When Sophie Gets Angry to talk about using space and silence for self-care. A recommended read-aloud for storytime or one-on-one sharing.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Leyla’s large baboon family is “always busy, always fussy, always noisy.” Overwhelmed, she runs away, stopping only when she hurts herself on some sharp rocks. A nearby lizard isn’t interested in making Leyla feel better; he’s too busy doing nothing, which is just what young Leyla needs. After a short but effective meditation lesson, Leyla returns home to her family and their loving ministrations. Reflecting both the anxiety perpetuated by our culture’s busyness and a toddler’s developmental need for independence, Bernstein’s spare narrative and adorable muted earth tone palette offer a warm and familiar story. Pair with Jacob Grant’s Through with the Zoo for some good old Venn diagram comparisons, or with Molly Bang’s When Sophie Gets Angry to talk about using space and silence for self-care. A recommended read-aloud for storytime or one-on-one sharing.

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