Product Details
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4 to 8
P to 3
Trim Size:
8" x 10"
Boyds Mills Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-62091-445-8
Full-color illustrations
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"Leaflets three, let it be!” may be what we think we know about poison ivy, but this picture book will surprise readers young and old. While poison ivy may give some humans a rash, it has an important place in nature. Taking us through the year, the narrative introduces many creatures, including a rabbit, a salamander, and several insects and birds, which all depend on poison ivy for food or shelter. Illustrated with breathtaking three-dimensional paper sculptures that make nature come alive, this engaging nonfiction book proves that while poison ivy is perceived as mysterious and dangerous, it has a purpose in the world. Includes further information, Q&A, and illustrator’s note.


“This attractive informational picture book provides a strong overview of poison ivy. . . . Sanchez conveys solid information on this potentially irritating plant through a delightful narrative. . . . Brickman's detailed watercolors depict a host of varied wildlife interacting with the plant or coexisting with it. . . . Useful content becomes engaging and compelling. . . . A strong addition to biology and life studies units, this one may even save kids from an itchy experience.” —School Library Journal 

“Sanchez introduces a new perspective on this potentially itch-causing plant. . . . While most readers won't become cheerleaders for poison ivy, they will at least come away with a greater understanding of its importance and an increased ability to identify it.” —Kirkus Reviews 

Meet the Author

Anita Sanchez

Anita Sanchez is especially fascinated by plants and animals that no one loves. "Leaflets Three, Let it Be! The Story of Poison Ivy" is a children's picture book, designed to help the youngest explorers appreciate and avoid poison ivy. She was an environmental educator for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for many years. She lives on a farm in upstate New York, but spent her childhood on Cape Ann, the site of her historical novel The Invasion of Sandy Bay.

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Meet the Illustrator

Robin Brickman

Robin Brickman’s illustrations are three-dimensional images that she sculpts using watercolors, painted paper, scissors, and glue. Her books include A Log’s Life and One Night in the Coral Sea, both of which were selected for the John Burroughs List of Nature Books for Young Readers; and Beaks!, which was a Junior Library Guild selection. She lives in western Massachusetts. Visit

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