The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger is the selection for this week's Library Monday. I fell in love with this book from the moment that I picked it up because the illustrations are absolutely lovely and each page looks like something I would frame and hang on my walls. The book is just plain pretty to look at so the fact that the story is good as well ends up seeming like a pleasant, extra surprise.
The Little Yellow Leaf is somewhat minimal in the way of character and plot, but makes up for this with it's sweet, pure message about the importance of waiting until you are good and ready before making a big decision. The book also has just a bit to say about the comfort that a friend can bring when it is finally time to face an uncertain future and this is a message that feels very important at our house right now as we prepare for the big move to Vermont.
Gorgeous pictures with vibrant colors, text so descriptive that you can do nothing but imagine the scenes that it describes, and a timeless message about approaching life's unknown with both caution and good company make this book a treasure in my humble opinion. Many favorite books of ours can be checked out again and again from the library and this works well enough. This one, however, I think we might need to own.