One Leaf Rides the Wind

by Celeste Mannis, illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung
A Japanese girl tours a temple garden and counts its features one to 10, accompanied by haiku poetry.

This counting book, which follows a Japanese girl and her cat as they explore a traditional garden, offers an introduction to haiku and aspects of Japanese culture. The child finds one leaf, five tiers on the roof on a pagoda, nine koi fish, and the like. A panoramic view of the garden at the end allows readers to find and count the objects again. Each double-page spread has a simple watercolor painting on the left, framed in a white border, facing a haiku on the right. Notes in smaller type below offer more information.