One Leaf Rides the Wind
Filled with lush illustrations, this counting book reveals both the pleasure and the tranquility of the Japanese garden, while introducing haiku poetry, with eleven poems that are simple and easy to follow. Follow along as the young girl explores the beauty of the garden, and discover the fun of haiku.
A writer, educator and social entrepreneur, Celeste has authored several award winning and best selling children’s books, including One Leaf Rides the Wind (Viking), Julia Morgan Built a Castle (Viking) and Who Was William Shakespeare? (Grosset & Dunlap). She teaches children’s literature for UC Berkeley Extension and creative writing for Join Our Story, an online platform she has created to share the joys of writing with seniors and other underserved populations. Celeste is currently working towards a PhD in Educational Technology at UC Santa Barbara, and writing, writing, writing!
A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Susan Kathleen Hartung is the acclaimed illustrator of the award-winning Dear Juno, as well as beloved favorites One Dark Night and A Mom for Umande.
When not in her studio, Susan can be found renovating her 140-year-old farmhouse, or spending time with family and friends in her nearby hometown of Ann Arbor. Susan lives in Brooklyn, Michigan with her two dogs, Bongo and Audie, and her cat, Gomez.
“...a lyrical counting book with arresting illustrations....Hartung's delicate illustrations with varying perspectives effectively complement the haiku and add touches of visual humor throughout. Just as each element of a Japanese garden contributes to a calming, satisfying whole, the elements of this work-poetry, subtly integrated additional text, illustration, design, and even the endpapers –all meld together into a lovely whole that both entertains as successful poetry and educates as an introduction to
several aspects of ancient Japanese culture.”
– * Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
A useful introduction to the haiku form…a series of meditative images. (Publishers Weekly)
“The book as a whole is elegantly and respectfully presented and the counting aspect is especially well crafted, capturing the meandering focus of a small child. Mannis's simple verses are complemented by Hartung's
pleasing and evocative (paintings).”
– School Library Journal
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