One Leaf Rides the Wind

One Leaf Rides the Wind


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Filled with lush illustrations, this counting book reveals both the pleasure and the tranquility of the Japanese garden, while introducing haiku poetry, with eleven poems that are simple and easy to follow. Follow along as the young girl explores the beauty of the garden, and discover the fun of haiku.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142401958
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/28/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 327,333
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.11(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Susan Kathleen Hartung is the acclaimed illustrator of the award-winning Dear Juno.

One Dark Night is Susan’s much anticipated second book with Viking. “I was hooked immediately by this wonderfully told story,” she said. “When I was a kid I used to lie in bed at night and count between the flash and boom to see how close a thunderstorm was. I still do sometimes.” When asked about her inspiration for the illustrations, Susan responded, “Whenever there was a late night storm, I would get up and wander about the house without turning on any lights. I would watch the way the lightening played around the room, or I would just stare out the window and watch it flash in the clouds and make the rain drops shimmer.”

In the fall of 1999, after having lived in Brooklyn, New York, for fourteen years, Susan made the move back to her home state of Michigan, where by chance, she moved to the town of Brooklyn. When not in her studio, Susan can be found renovating her 140-year-old farmhouse, or spending time with family and friends in her nearby hometown of Ann Arbor. Susan lives with her two dogs, Bongo and Audie, and her cat, Gomez.

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...the elements of this work. . . meld together into a lovely whole that both entertains. . . and educates. (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

A useful introduction to the haiku form...a series of meditative images. (Publishers Weekly)

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One Leaf Rides the Wind 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A gorgeous book, fabulous haiku, delightful illustrations, makes you want to be in the garden...
Guest More than 1 year ago
You can actually feel the breeze!!! In this inventful and complete book, a little girl takes a journey through a Japeneese garden. In advance, please do not be offended by my spelling. The reality of what a little girl would do in Japan comes to life with its beautiful illustrations, and outrageously great liturature.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is outstanding!!!!!!! I'm Celeste Mannis's #1 fan!!!! The kids in my class love the pictures and haiku!! If you want to make a Japanese garden get instructions at So if you love haiku or want to learn it go to your local bookstore or buy it at ~BARNES AND NOBLE!!!~
Guest More than 1 year ago
One Leaf Rides the Wind is a wonderful book filled with colorful beautiful pictures. The haiku is very inventive. It was a book full of information about Japanese gardens.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book with wonderful pictures and elegant haiku. We are looking forward to more books by this author, including the Queen's Progress due out in 2003
Guest More than 1 year ago
One Leaf Rides the Wind is a book for all seasons and all ages. Simply elegant, simply wonderful - it appeals to my little ones and me as well. On its most basic level, it's a counting book, but it works on many levels. The author has strung together ten child friendly haiku using the voice of the main character to relay a vision of an enchanting Japanese garden ,and reference its abundant symbolism. The illustration is...simply beautiful. Lush and evocative. I wanted to jump into the pictures! Supplementary text at the bottom of each page were especially interesting for me, and made my little ones think I was an expert on Japanese gardens! We'll be pulling this book out for years.