The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger

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As all the other leaves float off and fly past, Little Yellow Leaf thinks, I'm not ready yet.

As the seasons change all around, Little Yellow Leaf holds on to the tree. Still not ready.

Will Little Yellow Leaf ever be ready?

This is a story for anyone who has ever been afraid of facing the unknown—and a celebration of the friends who help us take the leap.


About Carin Berger

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Carin Berger is an award-winning designer and illustrator. In a starred review, Kirkus said of her Forever Friends, "Sophisticated, sensitive, and accessible, this picture book will offer new insights and pleasures with each season." The Little Yellow Leaf was a 2008 New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books selection, and in a starred review, School Library Journal called her OK Go "clever," "innovative," and "sleekly designed." She is also the illustrator of Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, by Jack Prelutsky, among other books. Carin Berger's cut-paper collages are made using ephemera, such as catalogues, old books, receipts, letters, and ticket stubs. She lives with her family in New York City.
Published August 26, 2008 by Greenwillow Books. 40 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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The brief text has a modestly elegant beauty and patterning that makes it a delight to read aloud (with one unfortunate adverbial faux pas: “the / sun / sank / slow”).

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Beautifully capturing autumn’s moods, “The Little Yellow Leaf” — one of the 10 winners of this year’s New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books Awards — incites a craving for apple cider and hayrides, but it also tells a curious story likely to prompt questions from young readers.

Nov 07 2008 | Read Full Review of The Little Yellow Leaf

Common Sense Media

Finally, when he feels all alone in the snowy winter, he finds a friend, a clinging leaf almost like himself, and together they gain the courage to take flight.

Aug 26 2008 | Read Full Review of The Little Yellow Leaf

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