The Resource The little yellow leaf, Carin Berger

The little yellow leaf, Carin Berger

Label
The little yellow leaf
Title
The little yellow leaf
Statement of responsibility
Carin Berger
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A yellow leaf is not ready to fall from the tree when autumn comes, but finally, after finding another leaf still on the tree, the two let go together
Character
Illustration
Award
New York Times Notable Children's Book, 2008
Review
  • PreS-Gr. 2 Berger's latest picture book focuses on a single leaf that is just not ready to leave the branch of its great oak tree. While other leaves swirl down, this leaf keeps holding on as apples grew musky, pumpkins heavy, and flocks of geese took wing. Complementing her own concise, appealing text, Berger's inventive collage-based illustrations range from a closeup of the leaf that reveals words and letters on it to an image of the sun that seems to have been formed from a mosaic of bricks. They give a sense of both close-up textures and the wider reach of the world. Eventually the season turns to blue-gray winter, and still the leaf holds on tight. It is not until the leaf spies a scarlet flash high up on an icy branch that it can contemplate the next step. Over the next three spreads—quirky, gorgeous landscapes that incorporate lined paper, graph paper, newspaper articles, and water bills—the two leaves soar through the skies, off and away and away and away, together. -- Nolan, Abby (Reviewed 11-01-2008) (Booklist, vol 105, number 5, p48)
  • PreS-Gr 2— The human capacity for volition and fear of the unknown is central to this tale. A lone yellow leaf clings to a giant oak tree and watches the unfolding drama of winter's approach, refusing to let go of his branch. A "riot of fiery leaves" swirls to the ground, apples grow "musky" and pumpkins ripen, geese fly south, and eventually snow flurries fill the air, but still the leaf holds fast. Finally, he spies a small scarlet leaf attached high above that invites him to let go. Together, they soar away and join in a dance with the wind. In Berger's eye-catching collage illustrations, pieced background papers in shades of yellow, green, blue, and beige show off stylized forms of naked tree branches, leaves, and sun created by clipping and pasting (sometimes tiny) segments of various papers—faded, lined ledger, and graph paper; colored and printed magazine pages—and adding touches of paint. It seems the message to be inferred from this slight anthropomorphic tale is that feelings of indecision can be overcome by heeding the encouragement of another. Some parents may be inclined to disagree.—Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, Ohio --Susan Scheps (Reviewed October 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 10, p101)
  • 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) (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2008)
Awards note
A Junior Library Guild selection
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
277898
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Berger, Carin
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Preschool-3
LC call number
PZ7.B45134
LC item number
Li 2008
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Leaves
Target audience
preschool
Label
The little yellow leaf, Carin Berger
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9780061452239
Lccn
2007039191
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o181079139
  • (OCoLC)181079139
Label
The little yellow leaf, Carin Berger
Publication
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9780061452239
Lccn
2007039191
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o181079139
  • (OCoLC)181079139

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