Review: The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story Of Life For All Ages

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story Of Life For All Ages by Leo F. Buscaglia
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My father had me read this when I was a kid and well, I read it to him when he was in the hospital dying. That might sound morbid but it is the best endorsement I can give this book as it is such a simple but powerful story about recognizing and accepting death despite how hard it can be. It has been an essential book for me in gaining any sense of comfort and closure in the passing of people in my life. The book uses a simple story of Freddie, a leaf who comes to life in the spring and enjoys a vibrant summer before realizing what fall will mean. The language is simple yet powerful and Buscaglia shows just how powerful a metaphor can be to help people of any age come to terms with something that is so overwhelming and so uncertain but yet we must all face. It is a great book for anyone looking to have a more complex conversation about death.

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