|One Leaf Rides the Wind,
by Celeste Mannis and Susan Hartung
Written by Celeste Davidson Mannis
Illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung
Viking, 2002, Grade K-3
Poetry, Japan, Counting
One leaf rids the wind.
Quick as I am, it's quicker!
Just beyond my grasp.
One Leaf Rides the Wind, by Celeste Davidson Mannis and Susan Kathleen Hartung is a beautiful counting book told in haiku.. As the little girl counts the plants, animals, and cultural features of her garden, we learn the secrets of what makes Japanese gardening so lovely. This book is a fabulous introduction to haiku for elementary students, though it could be used with upper grades as well.
What I Love:
Susan's illustrations are as lush and colorful as a garden. Celeste's perfect haiku reflect the calm evoked by the orderly elements of a Zen garden, a proper tea ceremony, or splendid Japanese architecture. Like a well-tended garden, these poems will encourage the reader to look carefully at the details of their surroundings as well as the beauty within.
courtesy Crafty Classroom
1. You'll find teaching resources and lessons plans for One Leaf Rides the Wind from ReadWriteThink and TeacherVision.
2. Learn about the country of Japan with crafts from TheCraftyClassroom.
3. What's more traditional than origami Koi? Use the printed instructions found on WeHeartIt or a video from Bali Origami on YouTube.
4. CreativeWritingNow has great advice for writing your own poems, and Kidzone offers explanations as well as worksheets to help students get started.
5. Discover more about Japanese customs at JapaneseTeaCeremony.net
6. Learn the techniques for creating a harmonious garden at Garden Guides.
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