“Micklos’ bouncy rhyming verses keep the pages turning as the seasons change and leaves unfurl or fall, numerals sharing the pages with the text to reinforce the counting. . . . McFarland's crayon, watercolor, acrylic, and digital illustrations are angular and graphic. . . . Full- and double-page spreads, vignettes, changes in perspective, and scenes showing the tree as it gains/loses leaves combine with the clues signaling the seasons' changing and the different animal visitors to keep readers' interest. . . . A solid look at both counting and seasonal changes.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Young children will enjoy the bouncy rhyming text while learning about counting, numbers, and the seasons. Numbers are included with each illustration, both in the text and with large numerals; and the leaves are counted forward to 10 through summer and then backward as the leaves turn colors and fall from the tree. The images include details that children will enjoy. . . . The graphic watercolor illustrations use soft colors and simple shapes to depict different elements of nature. . . . This concept book effectively combines both counting and the seasons, and will be well received by young children.”—School Library Journal
About the Author
Clive McFarland (clivemcfarland.com) wrote and illustrated The Fox and the Wild and A Bed for Bear, a Kids’ Indie Next List Top Ten. He grew up in Northern Ireland and studied at Liverpool School of Art and Design. He lives in Omagh, North Ireland, United Kingdom.