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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Little Yellow Leaf (Picture Book)

Released August 2008

www.harpercollins.com

Reviewed by Deb Fowler

The little yellow oak leaf was afraid to let go, but other leaves swirled around and fell to the ground. “I'm not ready yet.” It was harvest time and birds were starting to migrate. The leaves were being gathered into piles and children played in them. It was starting to get chilly and winter was fast approaching. Would the help of another leaf help the little yellow oak leaf relax, let go and fall to the ground?

“Not ready,
thought the Little Yellow Leaf
as a heavy harvest moon
bloomed
amber
in the starry sky.”

The art work in this book is beautiful and has a crisp, fall feel to it and ends with that midwinter frosty touch. The subtle message of letting go in order to face the unknown would make this an excellent read aloud homeschool and classroom discussion book. “Into the waiting wind they danced . . . off and away and away and away. Together.” If your child has trouble letting go, perhaps this will be an ideal book for him to read and find encouragement in its pages.

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