The Little Yellow Leaf

The Little Yellow Leaf by the amazing Carin Berger has been a favorite for a while. A few springs ago, I decided I was going to read through the EASY section of the Burbank Public Library. I think I got to C before I dumped that resolution. Good thing Carin Berger is a B.

It was autumn.

One solitary leaf clings to the edge of his dear and comfortable branch, afraid to let go and drift into the fall air. He’s just not ready. And so he stays, through the fall harvest and the bleak winter. Eventually, with the gentle nudge of a trusted friend, our steadfast little yellow leaf soars.


Texture is an absolute standout in this book. Carin Berger creates intricate art out of cut paper, cobbling and collaging rich, tactile, and inviting illustrations.

{Check out this interview with the artist. Fascinating!}

Ordinary items {ticket stubs, an ancient water bill, and graph paper} transform into something entirely different, and entirely stunning. This method of creating art is not unlike the journey on which this little yellow leaf embarks, right? Just a leaf. Just figuring out the world.

A goal of texture in graphic design is to create a mood and to enhance the depth and richness of a piece.

This book would look entirely different without such precise attention to creating texture, to setting a scene, and to evoking emotion.

So lovely, so quiet. {Who am I?!} Worth a million reads.


  • Posted January 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Such a lovely book and message.

    I remember seeing where someone had used the text of this book as part of their wedding ceremony . . . just perfect, when you think about it. :-)

  • Posted January 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Oh wow, how PERFECT!

  • Posted January 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Lets runaway to some remote country with palm trees and warm weather! The holidays chewed me up too! Man – I need a a getaway!

  • Posted January 8, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    a friend just showed me your blog post.
    thanks so much for your generous call out of the little yellow leaf, and for your lovely blog!

  • Posted January 9, 2012 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Thanks for stopping by, Carin! You have such beautiful work; nothing I said about how amazing I think it is is an exaggeration!