One Leaf Rides the Wind



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.

Awards Won
    * International Reading Association Children’s Choice Award
    * Parents Choice Silver Honor Medal


Reading Levels
Interest Level: PreS-Gr. 2            DRA Level: 24    
Grade Level Equiv:  2.5              
Guided Reading: K 

Peek Inside
Below are sample spreads from inside One Leaf Rides the Wind:



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