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The Little Yellow Leaf

By: Carin Berger

Leaves swirl through the air, pumpkins ripen, and geese take flight. But one lone yellow leaf clings to its branch and thinks, Not yet. Not yet, as the harvest moon blooms "amber in the starry sky." Not yet, as the nights grow long. Not yet, when there's a dusting of snow. Then, high on an icy branch, there is a flash of scarlet-another leaf is still holding tight. "Will you?" Little Scarlet Leaf asks. "I will!" says Little Yellow Leaf. "And one, two, three, they let go and soared." Full-color collages.

ISBN: 9780061452246

JLG Release: Oct 2008


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Autumn , Leaves , Fear of the unknown , Feeling ready , Sun , Snow , Finding a friend , Letting go

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Awards & Honors

2008 New York Times10 Best Illustrated Books

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal

Horn Book

In this gentle, poetic tale about change, Little Yellow Leaf clings to a branch thinking, "I'm not ready yet." Holding tight as the snow falls, Little Yellow spots Little Scarlet Leaf. Strengthened by each other, the two leaves leap and "into the waiting wind they danced...Together." Mixed-media collages, stylish, precise, and varied, glow in rich In this gentle, poetic tale about change, Little Yellow Leaf clings to a branch thinking, "I'm not ready yet." Holding tight as the snow falls, Little Yellow spots Little Scarlet Leaf. Strengthened by each other, the two leaves leap and "into the waiting wind they danced...Together." Mixed-media collages, stylish, precise, and varied, glow in rich autumn colors.

Junior Library Guild

A trail of dashes on the endpapers leads to a swirling yellow leaf and draws the reader into this beautiful book about being afraid of change—and the importance of having a friend to help face that fear. It is inevitable that Little Yellow Leaf will let go of its branch. Little Yellow Leaf accepts this truth, saying Not yet, rather than A trail of dashes on the endpapers leads to a swirling yellow leaf and draws the reader into this beautiful book about being afraid of change—and the importance of having a friend to help face that fear. It is inevitable that Little Yellow Leaf will let go of its branch. Little Yellow Leaf accepts this truth, saying Not yet, rather than no or never. Still, tension builds as the warm orange colors of the early pages are replaced with chilly blues. Time seems to be running out when Little Yellow Leaf meets Little Scarlet Leaf. Alone, each leaf was afraid. Together, they are fearless, joyous, and free, as they dance on the wind high above snow-dusted fields.

The text of this spare story is carefully and dramatically arranged. Short bursts of text are laid out with poetry-like line breaks. On one page, words appear on four glowing images of the setting sun; on another, the words arch around the crown of an almost-bare oak tree. Readers will be attracted to the clean design and striking images of this simply told but uplifting story. They may also enjoy puzzling out the bits of words, numbers, and blocks of text that add texture to the collages.

Book Details

ISBN

9780061452246

First Release

October 2008

Genre

Easy fiction.

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

7" x 11 1/4"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.3; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Greenwillow

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Autumn, Leaves, Fear of the unknown, Feeling ready, Sun, Snow, Finding a friend, Letting go,

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