Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 5 to 7
- Grade: k to 2
In Counting on Fall, the first title in the best-selling Math in Nature series, nature comes to life to help children in Grades K to 2 learn concepts of number sense and numeration.
As young readers journey into the natural world, they will discover that numbers, patterns, shapes — and much more! — can be found by observing everyday plants and animals. What if animals and plants knew math, just like you? Would leaves fall in patterns? Would whales enter a race? In Counting on Fall, the first title in the four-book Math in Nature series by award-winning author Lizann Flatt, nature comes to life to help children grasp concepts of number sense and numeration. The engaging “What if?” format of this informational picture book is sure to delight children in Grades K to 2.
Each of the four books in the Math in Nature series covers one season of the year and one area of math curriculum. Colorful, cut-paper collage art evokes the natural world, while two levels of text — one a lyrical story, the other asking children to problem-solve — bring the reader to a full understanding of the math concept being covered.
Free downloadable teacher's guide, lesson plan, and activities available at www.OwlkidsBooks.com
About the authors
LIZANN FLATT has written many information books for children, including The Nature Treasury and Let’s Go! A former editor of chickaDEE Magazine, her children’s writing has won many honors, including a Distinguished Achievement Award from The Association of Educational Publishers. She lives in Muskoka, ON.
Ashley Barron moved to Toronto upon graduating from OCAD’s illustration program in 2007. She lives and works as an illustrator from her studio near Kensington market. She uses paper collage to illustrate just about everything for magazines, advertising, and animation. Over the past two years, Ashley illustrated the four Math in Nature books for Owlkids. She is an avid gardener and lover of flora and fauna, the details of which can be found in her art.
- Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Best Books for Kids and Teens
The strikingly beautiful layers of paper art truly draw the reader into the educational storyline...Counting on Fall is highly recommended for school library collections.
CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials
Readers will be captivated by the text's playful but challenging and evocative words with activity questions in sidebars...A great addition to any classroom or home library.
Barron's cut-paper collages have the crispness of an autumn afternoon, and Flatt smoothly touches on estimation, counting by fives and tens, counting backwards, and other mathematical concepts while maintaining a gentle, whimsical tone.
Barron’s artwork is lovely, each spread filled with natural colors, textures and 3-D scenery...
Offers a realistic connection between math concepts and the world we live in, something that is often missing in students' math understandings.
"This terrific series provides cross-curricular activities for K-2 classrooms and non-formal learning environments."
Green Teacher Magazine
Questions posed in charmingly worded spreads...make this a perfect book for looking at and talking over together, or for curious children to pursue on their own.
The art and simple statement/question structure gear the book particularly well to use in the classroom, where a reading could be followed by a collage craft to engage tactile learners with mathematical principles.
Quill & Quire
Warm colors, charming images of numerous birds and animals (some familiar, some not so) make this an appealing read.
Sal's Fiction Addiction
A worthy addition to the number of counting and seasonal books among the primary bookshelves.
Books for Kids blog
Parents and teachers who want to promote better math skills will be pleased to have a seasonal story that also accomplishes this goal.
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