Bibliographic Information: Berger, C. (2008). The Little Yellow Leaf. [New York, N.Y.]: Greenwillow Books.
Brief Annotation: As the other leaves begin to fall from the tree, the little yellow leaf holds on tight to the branch. As fall passes and winter comes, the little yellow leaf is the only leaf left on the tree. Until one day, the yellow leaf spots a scarlet leaf hanging on the tree on another branch up above. They decide together they would let go and fly with the wind.
Genre: Fiction, Nature
Grade Level: K-3
Readers who will like this: Children will be interested in this book if they like reading and learning about nature.
Rating/Response: 5 The Little Yellow Leaf has many hidden lessons within. The book focuses on the value of friendship and allows students to understand that everyone one has fears and when they work together they can overcome those fears. It also illustrates that everyone grows, learns, and moves at his or her own level. Although the other leaves were ready to fall, the yellow leaf waited for when it was ready and would eventually let go.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: Have you had a friend that helped you when you were struggling? How did that make you feel?
Reading Strategy: First Days
Rationale for Strategy: I think The Little Yellow Leaf is a great choice to be used on the first day not only because it is a book about the fall, but because students come into class with different levels of knowledge that they gained over the years. It will help students realize they are in a safe environment where they won’t be judged if they are at a different learning level than someone else. Students will learn to not compare themselves to others.
Posted by: Kelsey Peterson