Book Buzz: One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count With Me!
One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count With Me!
Written by John Micklos Jr.
Illustrated by Clive McFarland
Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Random House
With the weather turning cooler and the days getting shorter, it must be Autumn. Leaves are coming off of trees, raking the yard has become a weekend chore, and jumping into piles of leaves is part of the fun. One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count With Me! is a simple rhyming story all about counting leaves as they grow on trees throughout the year. It is a fun activity for the younger toddlers in your family to read along with you as they watch leaves bud in the spring, multiply by summer, turn beautiful warm, glowing colors and finally fall off the tree.
Air grows chilly, whistling winds. Leaves change colors, Fall begins!
One Leaf, Two Leaves has so many educational layers embedded in it. First of all, it’s a counting book that features the annual cycle of trees. Leaves grow one by one on the trees as the reader is invited to count them. Surrounding this sequence is animal behavior through the seasons. Lastly, the description of the seasons and the illustrations give lessons of the natural and cyclical pattern of life. The book is also a template for observing the growth of leaves during the year. Kids can watch for the various changes in the leaves during the year hinted at in the progressive story. Chris McFarland’s collage illustrations are a simple and calming match to the rhythm of the story. They are both charming and instructive for young eyes to behold the wonders of nature as the seasons pass from one into another. One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count With Me! is a fun book to snuggle up with your toddler and read about the seasonal changes that surround us all.
Chuck Galey writes and illustrates picture books. Visit his website to see what he’s up to at www.chuckgaley.com.