Counting on Fall

Lizann Flatt

Ashley Barron

In Counting on Fall, the first title in the best-selling Math in Nature series, nature comes to life to help children in Grades K to 2 learn concepts of number sense and numeration.

As young readers journey into the natural world, they will discover that numbers, patterns, shapes — and much more! — can be found by observing everyday plants and animals. What if animals and plants knew math, just like you? Would leaves fall in patterns? Would whales enter a race? In Counting on Fall, the first title in the four-book Math in Nature series by award-winning author Lizann Flatt, nature comes to life to help children grasp concepts of number sense and numeration. The engaging “What if?” format of this informational picture book is sure to delight children in Grades K to 2.

Each of the four books in the Math in Nature series covers one season of the year and one area of math curriculum. Colorful, cut-paper collage art evokes the natural world, while two levels of text — one a lyrical story, the other asking children to problem-solve — bring the reader to a full understanding of the math concept being covered.

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Lizann Flatt, Ashley Barron
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SKU: 202588n0nn1nWWW | ISBN: 9781771473101

Barron's cut-paper collages have the crispness of an autumn afternoon, and Flatt smoothly touches on estimation, counting by fives and tens, counting backwards, and other mathematical concepts while maintaining a gentle, whimsical tone. - Publishers Weekly

Barron’s artwork is lovely, each spread filled with natural colors, textures and 3-D scenery... - Kirkus Reviews

The art and simple statement/question structure gear the book particularly well to use in the classroom, where a reading could be followed by a collage craft to engage tactile learners with mathematical principles. - Quill & Quire

Readers will be captivated by the text's playful but challenging and evocative words with activity questions in sidebars...A great addition to any classroom or home library. - Reading Today

The strikingly beautiful layers of paper art truly draw the reader into the educational storyline...Counting on Fall is highly recommended for school library collections. - CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials

"This terrific series provides cross-curricular activities for K-2 classrooms and non-formal learning environments." - Green Teacher Magazine

Offers a realistic connection between math concepts and the world we live in, something that is often missing in students' math understandings. - Resource Links

Questions posed in charmingly worded spreads...make this a perfect book for looking at and talking over together, or for curious children to pursue on their own. - Shelf Candy

Canadian Children's Book Centre, Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2013

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Publication date

August 15, 2017

Number of pages



Shape and Form; Space; Color

Lexile® Level


Interest age

From 5 to 7