Counting on Fall

Math in Nature

By Lizann Flatt and Ashley Barron

From 5 to 7 | 32, color

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 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 five- to seven-year-olds.

Each of the four books in the Math in Nature series will cover one season of the year and one area of the math curriculum. Colorful, cut-paper collage art uniquely 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.

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. - Publishers Weekly
Barron’s artwork is lovely, each spread filled with natural colors, textures and 3-D scenery... - Kirkus Reviews
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
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. - Reading Today
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
"This terrific series provides cross-curricular activities for K-2 classrooms and non-formal learning environments." - Green Teacher Magazine
Offers a realistic connection between math concepts and the world we live in, something that is often missing in students' math understandings. - Resource Links
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. - Shelf Candy
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Canadian Children's Book Centre, Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2013

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