Unlike many other counting books and cumulative counting books, specifically, I assumed this book might count backwards including the first animal. For example, including either One North Star or one moose a’la Partridge in a Pear Tree style, but Phyllis Root surprised me by presenting cumulatively, i.e. counting to a new number each page but also back down through the numbers, but did so with aplomb to try to focus on different areas of Minnesota, the North Star State. Beckie Prange and Betsy Bowen’s illustrations are gorgeous. There is further information about the featured animals and plants from the book but absent is a bibliography or source information.
Title: One North Star: A Counting Book
Author: Phyllis Root
Illustrator: Beckie Prange & Betsy Bowen
Published 2016 by University of Minnesota Press
This copy was received from the publisher to review.