by Celeste Mannis; illustrated by Susan Hartung
A young kimono-clad Japanese girl explores a temple garden and counts the various items that she sees---a leaf, bonzai trees, birds, tiers on a pagoda, etc. In keeping with the Japanese / Zen theme of the book, the text is written in (kid-friendly) haiku and paired with gentle watercolor illustrations. This title is a great choice if you are looking for number books, an accessible introduction to haiku, or for books about Japanese culture.
In their *starred review* of this book, Kirkus said that all of these components "meld together into a lovely whole
that both entertains... and educates.
In a genre that is often guilty of formulaic titles (counting books),
here's a unique, beautifully done standout!" This isn't our personal favorite for this category, but it's worth checking out.
* International Reading Association Children’s Choice Award
* Parents Choice Silver Honor Medal
Interest Level: PreS-Gr. 2 DRA Level: 24
Grade Level Equiv: 2.5 Guided Reading: K
Below are sample spreads from inside One Leaf Rides the Wind:
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