Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? Readers are taken through the cycle of the seasons as they count up from one to ten leaves and then back down from ten to one. The rhyming text reads wonderfully, making this a nice choice for story time. The bright illustrations, rendered in crayon, watercolor, and acrylic and finished digitally, have a fun collage style. The reader starts with a summertime tree, “One leaf…two leaves on the tree. Three leaves, four leaves, count with me.” The numbers are written in the text and also represented with large, stand-out numerals. The leaves are observed by a little boy as well as a squirrel, a caterpillar, birds, bees and other creatures. The animals also are shown in their life cycles throughout the seasons. As winter approaches and the leaves fall, the reader will see that the squirrel will use them in his nest: “Two leaves, one leaf, orange, red. Soon some leaves become a bed.” The colors perfectly complement each season from the bright greens of spring and summer, to the reds, oranges and browns of autumn, to the whites and greys of winter. This is a perfect addition for story times with a theme of the four seasons.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This is a perfect book for teaching counting as well as the cycle of seasons.
Who should buy this book? Public Libraries and elementary school libraries.
Where would you shelve it? Picture Books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, if you are doing a seasons themed story time.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 10/18/17