Brave New Leaf is a lyrical approach to overcoming fear as Buddy the Bud struggles with decisions he must make to win the First Leaf of Spring award.
I think of Brave New Leaf as a unique meld of the qualities of Tap the Magic Tree (cycles of life), Brave Squish Rabbit (conquering one’s fears) and Beekle (building friendships and willingness to take a chance.)
This story takes place in the Spring (on Earth Day) and is the first of four manuscripts that were inspired by Tap the Magic Tree. Here are the planned titles.
Spring – Brave New Leaf
Summer – Pumping it Out – Explores how Buddy the Leaf feels as he contributes to the well-being of his tree and the forest it is in, by “pumping out” energy.
Fall – Feeling Brown – Buddy the Leaf’s is afraid of dying until he realizes a fact of nature.
Winter – Full Cycle – Buddy the leaf transcends death as he becomes part of the soil, and shares the secrets that he’s learned with tree buds through haiku.