THE LITTLE YELLOW LEAF by Carin Berger

THE LITTLE YELLOW LEAF

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Age Range: 3 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Beautifully designed and executed, this modest fable anthropomorphizes a leaf who hangs onto his oak branch far into the winter. When he discovers another late-lingering leaf on his tree, both agree to let go at once and dance away in the wind together. 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”). The handsomely designed collage compositions are showstoppers in a palette of earth and sky, sometimes on a subtle background of paint over graph or notebook paper. They take full advantage of the visual bounty of autumn, which will be a delight in many preschool storytimes. However, the implicit moral of taking courage from a friend may be over some children’s heads. They might wonder, as well, what exactly happens to the brave little leaves after they drift out of sight into the cold winter sky. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-06-145223-9
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Greenwillow
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2008




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