written & illustrated by Lauren Stringer
published by Beach Lane Books,
An Imprint of Simon & Schuster, 2016
Lauren Stringer celebrates the coming of autumn in this exuberant, joyful ode to that magical time when the leaves are changing color and the animals are preparing for winter.
Children and animals alike excitedly anticipate yellow time, when the trees release their colorful leaves to blanket the earth, crows raise their voices joyfully from the bare branches, and squirrels busy themselves preparing their nests for winter. This lyrical celebration of the beauty and fun of autumn is sure to become a perennial fall favorite.
A Personal Note
When I first moved from Manhattan to Minneapolis, I became reacquainted with trees and their seasonal gifts. Our street is lined with very old, very tall Ash trees. I have learned from living with Ash Trees that they are the last to leaf out in the spring and the first to lose their leaves in the fall.
I witnessed my first “Yellow Time” one fall morning. I was looking out of our front window and admiring the world of yellow trees up and down the street, when suddenly, a huge gust of wind blew and the leaves rained in a downpour of yellow!
It was a yellow-out, instead of a white-out!
I was so moved by the experience that I wrote down a poem right then called “Yellow Time.” It was not a very good poem, but it celebrated the moment of a world bathed in yellow. And this moment happened again, exactly the same, the following year! And again, I was so moved by the gorgeousness of the yellow rain of leaves, that I re-wrote the poem. This re-writing of the poem happened every year, for 26 years, until one day, it turned into a picture book manuscript. Sometimes it takes a long time for a story to find its way into a book.
The moment of Yellow Time only comes once a year-- like a holiday! I made many sketches of children dancing, jumping, and celebrating Yellow Time. I painted many color studies, trying to find the right yellows, tree-shapes, and movement for the book.
Yellow Time is the first book I painted flat, rather than on the wall. I wanted to be able to allow the paint to pool and flow, rather than drip down the wall. Here you can see some of the small yellow studies tacked to the wall behind my drafting table, as well as the final illustrations in order of appearance in the book.
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