Counting on Fall

Do you think that math matters to the animals and plants? What if nature knew numbers like you?
Would squirrels count their acorns? Would fruits fall in patterns? Would whales enter a race?

The wonders of nature, shown in vibrant cut-paper collage, help children grasp the concepts of number sense and numeration. Using an engaging “What if?” format, Counting on Fall combines mathematical problem solving with lyrical text, bringing children to a full understanding of basic math concepts through observing the natural world.

Counting on Fall is highly recommended for school library collections because it successfully combines language, illustration, concepts of number sense, and information about animals and their habitats. The story is very engaging, visually appealing, and informative. 4 out of 4 stars.
CM Magazine, Volume XIX, Number 9, November 2, 2012

The Story Behind the Book

I count on fall every year. In my world it’s a dazzling display of color. It’s my favorite season. While helping my kids with their math homework, I was struck by how some of the math concepts seemed to be discussed in more interesting ways than I remembered. But still, one of my kids kept complaining about why they had to learn this stuff, so I decided to play what if–what if animals used math too? That was the inspiration.

From there it was research and putting together the math and the animals. I got to have fun with the idea of animals using math. I mean come on, who wouldn’t love to see pronghorns pair up and parade across the prairie!?

The book is also great for beginning readers to tackle on their own. Former chickaDEE magazine editor Lizann Flatt creates text that, though structurally simple, uses a variety of literary devices; internal rhyme, changes in rhythm, and alliteration abound.
Quill & Quire
Counting on Fall
  • written by Lizann Flatt
  • illustrated by Ashley Barron
  • published by OwlKids Books (Sept 2012)
  • ISBN: 978-1-926973-36-4
  • 32 pages
  • 8½ x 10¾ inches

Part of the Math in Nature series

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