One North Star, A Counting Book
by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Beckie Prange and Betsy Bowen
University of Minnesota Press, 2016
One North Star is ever so much more than a ‘counting’ book. Its wood carvings and rich color illustrations pulled me into this wonderful poetic recounting that explores Minnesota’s North Star country. We begin in the forest, move into bluffs, marshes, rivers, bogs, and prairies to cover the many terrains. And in each, we are introduced to animals, birds, insects, and plants found there. So much to explore. Yet it is a counting book and in each terrain we enjoy identifying and counting as we learn more about each item featured. Each page, rich in details, is a beauty to feast upon; one can almost breathe in the smells of each terrain. Fortunately, the book includes a directory of each terrain and each item mentioned, as well as how to find the North Star.