John Micklos, Jr. (johnmickloswriter.com) is an
award-winning education journalist and the author of more than
twenty books for children and young adults. He compiled the poetry
picture books Daddy Poems, Mommy Poems,
Grandparent Poems, and No Boys Allowed- Poems About
Brothers and Sisters. His nonfiction work includes books about
the Lewis & Clark expedition, the 1918 flu pandemic, the Challenger
disaster, the Alamo, the Pony Express; and a series about the
Revolutionary War. He has spoken at the national conferences of the
International Literacy Association and NCTE, as well as state
conferences in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and
Delaware. He lives in Newark, Delaware.
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.
"A counting book that doubles as an introduction to the seasons. .
. . In addition to highlighting how the tree changes, McFarland's
grainy mixed-media graphics reveal a revolving assortment of
animals, including a steadfast squirrel that appears in each scene.
Micklos's punchy rhymes and McFarland's bold artwork create a
breezy counting tale that encourages readers to observe subtle
changes in the world around them."--Publishers
"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