One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me!

Penguin/Nancy Paulsen. Sept. 2022. 32p. Board $8.99. ISBN 9780593531105.
Toddler-PreS–This cleverly structured narrative tracks the progression of the seasons, honoring the mathematical structure underlying the yearly cycle. The text counts the leaves appearing on a tree over the course of spring, counts back down as the leaves drop off in the autumn, and circles back around to the following spring when the count begins anew. Micklos’s concise rhyming verse employs an impressive economy of language, which is bolstered by McFarland’s bright, textured collage-style art.
VERDICT A first purchase with important connections to early mathematical learning and natural science.

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