One North Star: A Counting Book

Phyllis Root, illus. by Beckie Prange and Betsy Bowen. Univ. of Minnesota, $16.95 (36p) ISBN 978-0-8166-5063-7
“Who lives here/ under one north star?” asks this quiet homage to Minnesota’s wildlife and ecosystems. Root (Snowy Sunday) uses a cumulative structure as she counts up to 10 but introduces new flora and fauna with each page turn: “Five walleyes fin near wild rice/ four blue flag irises flower/ three mudpuppies wriggle/ two loons call/ one porcupine sleeps in a jack pine tree/ all along a lake/ under one north star.” Prange and Bowen combine rough-hewn woodcuts with bright watercolors to give a sense of bustling marshes, sweeping plains, and snow-covered forests. Thorough endnotes dive deeper into each of the habitats and the animals that call them home. Ages 3–up. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/27/2016
Release date: 08/01/2016
Genre: Children's
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