cover image One Golden Rule at School: A Counting Book

One Golden Rule at School: A Counting Book

Selina Alko. Holt/Ottaviano, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-250-16381-3

Alko brings her signature mixed-media collage art into a classroom setting through this counting tale with a timely and timeless seminal message. Each spread displays items for readers to count as an inclusive cast of students listen to “four stories”; build with “six blocks”; dabble in art, planting, and music projects; strike “five” yoga poses; and clean up. A seek-and-find challenge progresses from spotting one object to 10 before reversing direction for a countdown, culminating in “One Golden Rule” (“Do to others as you would have them do to you”) and “one great day at school!” Ranging from spare to busy, the pages incorporate muted and bold colors and mesh Alko’s stylized drawings and an eclectic roundup of collage tidbits, among them admittance tickets, gift tags, and strands of yarn. Ages 2–6. [em](June) [/em]