The Yellow Leaf is a story about two young children who find themselves brought together by unimaginable loss. Andy’s brother and Grace’s mother have both died and they are left to process a multitude of feelings. The journey begins with a single yellow ‘leaf of grief’ that guides the pair through a colourful forest of emotion. Readers will be invited to gaze at the illustrations that show variations of anger, fear, worry, sadness and moments of happiness, helping children to understand that grief is not linear and that there is no perfect way to grieve.
Co-authored by child bereavement counsellor Bianca Lavorgna, the book purposely uses concrete language so children can name what has happened and begin to process their feelings. The wonderful illustrations drawn by Australia’s very own Caroline Keys provide a visual for children to identify with and point to as a way of expressing themselves if they don’t feel like talking yet.
Erika Heynatz - Australian model, actress, singer and television personality.
“This is a story that teaches children that all of the emotions associated with grief are ok, even the hot, red and angry ones. The use of colour is a great tool for children to help easily identify how they are feeling and be more comfortable sharing those feeling with others. The leaves are a lovely metaphor for these emotions, reminding them that just like seasons, they will shift and change inside them all the time.”
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Ebony-Jane Carroll was born and lives in Melbourne Australia. Known best for her whimsical children’s books written in rhyme, she has created a dedicated young fan base who love to read about her unusual characters and their heart-warming journeys.