One Leaf Rides the Wind: Counting in a Japanese Garden By Celeste Davidson Mannis, Illustrated By Susan Kathleen Hartung (2002) – Paperback Counting Book

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I was so excited when I came across this book at a botanical garden gift shop (shout out to the UBC Botanical Garden in Vancouver, B.C., Canada!). I was instantly drawn in by the cover illustration of a prominent Asian face. We need more book covers like this! This is such a lovely little book to help your child learn to count to ten, set in the poetic form of the haiku. A young Japanese girl ventures through a Japanese garden and is captivated by all of the beautiful details within, from one leaf riding in the wind to ten lanterns that light the way. As an added bonus, each page includes notes about traditional Japanese culture and philosophy. Children and adults alike might learn something new after reading this book!

Take-away message: Learning to count can be fun!

TAGS: female lead, Japanese, Asian, STEM, nature, counting book, paperback

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