ONE LEAF, TWO LEAVES, COUNT WITH ME! by John Micklos

ONE LEAF, TWO LEAVES, COUNT WITH ME!

by ; illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 6
BUY NOW FROM
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

A young child counts from one to 10 as an oak tree leafs out in the spring and then back down to one again as the leaves fall in autumn.

The child, who has light-brown skin and a head of thick, curly black hair, lives in a little purple house next to the tree and is a close observer of all that happens on and around it. Micklos’ bouncy rhyming verses keep the pages turning as the seasons change and leaves unfurl or fall, numerals sharing the pages with the text to reinforce the counting. “Nine leaves, / ten leaves, / green and young. / Here come / more leaves. / SPRING HAS SPRUNG!” McFarland’s crayon, watercolor, acrylic, and digital illustrations are angular and graphic, blocks of color and simple shapes standing in for flowers, the animals largely abstract, especially the birds. Full- and double-page spreads, vignettes, changes in perspective, and scenes showing the tree as it gains/loses leaves combine with the clues signaling the seasons’ changing and the different animal visitors to keep readers’ interest despite the book’s singular focus. The one quibble is that this is an oak tree. Depending on where readers live, oak leaves may not turn red or orange, and they may not fall in autumn, instead turning brown and hanging on into winter.

A solid look at both counting and seasonal changes—albeit within a limited hardiness zone. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 5th, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-399-54471-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2017




MORE BY CLIVE MCFARLAND

ChildrenTHE FOX AND THE WILD by Clive McFarland
by Clive McFarland
ChildrenCATERPILLAR DREAMS by Clive McFarland
by Clive McFarland
ChildrenA BED FOR BEAR by Clive McFarland
by Clive McFarland

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenMOUSEQUERADE BALL by Lori Mortensen
by Lori Mortensen
ChildrenGOSSIE & FRIENDS by Olivier Dunrea
by Olivier Dunrea
ChildrenPUMPKIN COUNTDOWN by Joan Holub
by Joan Holub