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One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count With Me!

One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count With Me! illus. by Clive McFarland. 32p. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks. Sept. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780399544712.
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PreS-Gr 1—This simple counting book presents the four seasons through a rhyming text that describes the changing number of leaves on an oak tree. The story is told primarily from the perspective of a boy observing and interacting with the wildlife around the tree. Young children will enjoy the bouncy rhyming text while learning about counting, numbers, and the seasons. Numbers are included with each illustration, both in the text and with large numerals; and the leaves are counted forward to 10 through summer and then backward as the leaves turn colors and fall from the tree. The images include details that children will enjoy—from butterfly catching and birds building a nest to the joy of jumping in a pile of fallen leaves. The graphic watercolor illustrations use soft colors and simple shapes to depict different elements of nature, such as birds, rabbits, acorns, and flowers. This concept book effectively combines both counting and the seasons, and will be well received by young children.
VERDICT A general purchase that will be especially useful for individual sharing.

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