The Little Yellow Leaf
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.
JLG Release: Oct 2008
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
Junior Library Guild
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.
7" x 11 1/4"
Level 2.3; Points: 0.5;
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A