Friday, November 21, 2014

PPBF: The Little Yellow Leaf


Since Fall has left us (at least in the Midwest: and what a gorgeous Autumn it was!), I want to sneak in a touching book that features leaves, and a universal theme to which we can all relate. It's not my usual historical fiction offering, but I purchased it as a template text for scientific-themed manuscripts. 


Here goes!


Author/Illustrator: Carin Berger
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (HarperCollinsPublishers)
Date: 2008

Readers: 3-8 (they say) 6 to 66 and beyond! (I say)
Themes: Autumn, Fear of the Unknown
Genre: Fiction

First Page: "It was autumn. In the hush of the forest a lone yellow leaf clung to the branch of a great oak tree."

Jacket Flap: "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."

Why I like this book: It's precious! And the gentle, soothing words flow and fall into our minds and hearts as does the story. The illustrations are unique. It seems Carin uses a cut paper technique that holds a surprise if you look closely! They have a definite "country/colonial" feeling, reminiscent of "The Ox Cart Man."



Extra Goodies:


You can find it on Amazon

More about Carin Berger and her books/art at her WeBSITE

Interview: All about Carin's path to publication and Designs!

Another interview HERE featuring Carin's other books


Youtube visit to her studio . . . wait until you see her artwork!


Here is the Link if you can't see it below: http://youtu.be/NuRxHvNb7Xg




For the Kiddies:


"Why Leaves Change Color": Made Simple for Kids


"Why Leaves Change Color": Science Experiment 



Hope you enjoyed today's offering for Perfect Picture Book Fridays, when we review picture books which we deem worthy of mention.  This concept was created by Susanna Hill, and is a helpful resource for librarians, teachers and parents.  For a list of all books reviewed so far, along with activities to complement them, click here.


16 comments:

  1. What a lovely autumn book for kids. Can't think of anything better than raking leaves into a pile and leaping into them. Kids are curious about the changes that occur. Love your choice.
    This year is different. We had 5 in of snow before all the leaves fell this week. Such a peculiar site to see the leaves laying on top of ths snow.

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    1. Yes, this has indeed been an unusual but spectacular Fall, especially in the Midwest. The illustrations are my absolute favorite. Hopefully, you were able to see a few up close with my links!

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  2. Thanks for posting the studio visit! I really admire Carin Berger's work!

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    1. You are welcome, Julie. They are lovely, aren't they? I was pleased to find the video!

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  3. This sounds so sweet, Jarm! A Great choice for fall. :)

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    1. Thanks, Clare . . .I'm fitting one in before the snow falls!

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  4. What a lovely book! I love Ms Berger's artwork and the tour of her studio! Thanks for sharing it all!

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    1. You are welcome, Rhythm! Glad you enjoyed it.

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  5. Thanks for this pick. It reminds me of the original Bambi. I couldn't see the link, but I am eager to take the studio tour when I'm finished here. Plus I am so curious about the "surprise" in this book's illustrations! Stay warm!

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    1. Hi JoAnne! Good to put a face to your comment. It was so good to meet you at the Highlights Conference. Hopefully, our paths will cross again soon. Yes, one of the interviews talk about the technique, and show it up close. Happy Thanksgiving to you!!

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  6. Never heard of this book. Thanks for sharing. She has great 3-D type art.

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    1. She does, Tina! Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a good Thanksgiving if you are celebrating this year!!

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  7. What a beautiful book!
    Looking forward to doing the experiment you shared.
    Grade ONEderful

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    1. Thanks Barbara. I'm glad you found something useful!

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  8. Similar theme to Hope for the Flowers - and I'm always up for a good paper chromatography experiment.

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    1. I'm not familiar with that one, Sue. I'll try to look that up soon. Thanks for stopping by!

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